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Re: Sally Shalloe

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 9:15am
A very sad case. And so ridiculously unnecessary. I have often wondered at the mentality of motorcyclists who ride like that. It's not all motorcyclists, of course. There are lots of good ones out there. Some cyclists I know are motorcyclists. But there is a tribe of lunatic motorcyclists who seem to see their activity as a sort of video game, dodging, diving and positively embracing risk. Risk is the thrill. And because of that I don't think the length of sentences will make one iota of difference to their behaviour. They risk their own lives with what they do, so why would prison deter them? What might influence them is increasing the chances of getting caught. Detection. I hope that GPS devices might help with that in the not too distant future. Imagine if every motor vehicle had a "black box" constantly reporting position and speed. Spot checks at motorcyclists cafes on bank holidays to deal with anyone not carrying an active device. It may strike some as "snooping", but I don't care about that if it protects our loved ones from the nutters.

Re: New Route Planner

It's quite nice to go take a look at a big city on two wheels, isn't it?

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 20 May 2016 - 8:47am
Fix my street emails me every month to ask if reported problems have been fixed. Highways have an incentive to mark things as fixed regardless.

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

I recently (3 weeks ago) rode from Amantea down to Gioia Tauro. After two days of dealing with uninteresting sights and lots of traffic, I took the train from Gioia Tauro to Messina (ferry to Messina). My advice would be to take the train up to Maratea and save yourself the torture of riding that portion of the coast.

The road north from Maratea is much prettier.

Bikepacking Handlebar Bag for Surly Big Dummy

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 20 May 2016 - 7:08am
Could anyone make a recommendation for me please?

So far I've looked at the new offering from Ortlieb and I've glanced over Alpkit's kit. This is for my Surly Big Dummy which essentially has a MTB set up in front hence deciding to post in this section.

Is @Bigdummysteve still out there?

Thanks in advance...b

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

Many thanks...looks like Maratea or bust!

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

I see there's a Decathlon in Gioia Tauro, out on the Via Nazionale ss111 just south east of where it crosses the a3, which is the opposite of what you asked for but may be of use anyway.

Or, on the ss111, 200m SE of where it meets the ss18 is Barbaro Moto Yamaha, a moto shop with some pics of (pedal) bikes on exterior.
Via Strada Statale 111, 49, 89013 Gioia Tauro RC, Italy

I came upon a cycling blog saying how dreadful Rosarno was in 2015. Racial tensions, black guys on bikes, white guys in cars, piles of rubbish everywhere, just a bad scene. But if you get towards Maratea, things look up! http://www.bikemotorpoint.com/ seems like a good repair bet if you need one towards the end of day 2.

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 11:49pm
Tangled Metal wrote:Forgive me but why disrupt your ride? I pick a few bad ones or those that are part of a run of holes that I consider to be together. I then remember where they are as I keep riding. I then use Google maps that's part of the reporting site to mark the approximate site. I also put in the comments bit a brief description of their location. I figure they'll drive along the section and see the problem from that. I don't see why you need to even slow down more than you needed to in order to safely negotiate the pothole.

I report as many as I am confident of describing the accurately enough. Then the next ride I'll pick some more do it in bits on each ride but no need to stop. They'll not expect measurements, photographs or a truly accurate description.
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I initially tried that but we have so many and remembering I was too "greedy"- I'd remember a few, see some worse ones and add those, then forget which corner the 5th one was on then see a really terrible one ...

In fact it was pretty bad even remembering which ones I had reported (when out riding) having used the Smartphone (as the app does/did not show you existing reports and so many re-appear within a month of repair. I ended up reporting a load in each direction, waiting a long enough to expect them repaired (or until I spotted recent repairs) then that direction was re-reported and if they got a duplicate then they should have fixed it on the previous report. (When you have reported lists at 300+ remembering them is too much for me.

Measurements can be important as my main local Highways have certain "thresholds" on repair times. From memory, if it was 4" deep then it took a higher priority than <4", etc. But I never exaggerated (you (and the system) would quickly lose credibility if you kept reporting it as a sinkhole and when they arrived they found a 6"x6"x0.5" hole. I tended to include my foot in the photos so they'd get an estimate of size and add a depth if it was 4" or deeper.

I don't know what the report to the Highways contains, but one great weakness of these systems is clearing down fixed holes. It would be great if the e-mail to Highways reporting the hazard also included a web link for them to click to record the hazard as fixed (bit like those registration verification e-mails. It it is real easy to clear the fault I'd hope they would take the few moments to improve their ranking in the system. This sort of think takes the operator of the system to communicate a bit with Highways. Ideally Highways would use Open311 systems which would make life easy to report and for people to check on progress.

Ian

Re: Where to leave the car

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 May 2016 - 11:04pm
Ditto, we have left the car at:- YHA; Scotland and Ireland, campsites in Poland and Scotland, or hotel....... offer a donation or they may have a small charge .. think in Poland the charge was equivalent to about £5. Scottish campsite it was probably around £20.

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 10:57pm
Don't get me wrong but i do not totally dismiss the idea of co-owned whistle up when needed driverless cars, that are stored in some sort of peripheral car park.... but do wonder just how regimented a system this could be......
My life is not regimented, we can go off out for the day; ok for example a couple of weeks back.. went to a tandem race we had intended to perhaps go out for a ride afterwards, but weather was a bit yeuk, and i had damaged my elbow in a fall the previous day... we changed plans at whim, went off to Flamborough short walk before it rained, mosied on home on a spontaneously chosen route, called in at A+E Bolton to confirm damage to elbow....
How progammable or unprogrammable would such cars be???
Are we heading to a 1984 society where we live a regimented life style and the car turns up to take us to our destination by one route only and choice and deviation is taken away......

And yes you should know by now that i like to provoke thought by playing devils advocate....

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 10:14pm
Forgive me but why disrupt your ride? I pick a few bad ones or those that are part of a run of holes that I consider to be together. I then remember where they are as I keep riding. I then use Google maps that's part of the reporting site to mark the approximate site. I also put in the comments bit a brief description of their location. I figure they'll drive along the section and see the problem from that. I don't see why you need to even slow down more than you needed to in order to safely negotiate the pothole.

I report as many as I am confident of describing the accurately enough. Then the next ride I'll pick some more do it in bits on each ride but no need to stop. They'll not expect measurements, photographs or a truly accurate description.

As to the value of it I can only say that the ones patched up this way seem pretty decent. Not 100% perfect but a lot better than what was there before. Plus they've held up nicely for a year or more in some cases without failing. They've made my commute a little smoother. Over this winter a.stretch on my.commute got bad. Previously it was ok. I've reported them. Because they're on a main road where it's narrow and twisty with doubt white centre lines I reckon they'll check it out and consider repairs quickly. Wait and see if anything happens.

Re: New Route Planner

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 May 2016 - 10:14pm
matt_twam_asi wrote:I'm not sure if it's a bug or a feature (I suspect the latter), but is it supposed to suggest a different set of routes if you click the button more than once?
I'd hope so, it's a nice feature but a bit inconsistent (which might not be it's fault - how is it meant to know the difference between a paved cycleway alongside a dual carriageway and one through lovely countryside). It definitely helps to be able to tell it to calculate another if its first attempt isn't what you want.

Richard - as these circular rides are for leisure, not transport, could urban routes be given a penalty so that there is less propensity for it to generate routes into big towns and cities?

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 9:58pm
One major advantage (for me) with these smartphone apps over direct reporting to Council is that my rides cover 3 different highways authorities and I have no idea where the boundaries are. Often I will know I'm now definitely in <x> Highway Authority area, but quite a bit is harder to know. So the smartphone apps work out from the location which Highway Authority covers the location and reports it to the appropriate authority - when I used to report them, this was a great time saver. Plus a lot quicker filling in details at the hazard (incl a photo) than re-entering details later.

Ian

Re: New Route Planner

That looks fan-blimmin-tastic. Thanks Richard!

Re: Fill the hole website

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 9:21pm
I reported a rather dangerous pothole through the council app.

This one was on a roundabout, not big enough to trouble a car but plenty big enough for a bike and right on the line a bike would take. Reported Wednesday night, cycled that way Friday morning (it was still there Thursday) and the pothole had been well repaired. Was actually quite impressed.

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Re: New Route Planner

Paulatic wrote:New feature doesn't appear to load.
Using IPad iOS 9.3.2

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Have you tried clearing your browser's cache? Just a guess.

Excellent new feature Richard. I'm not sure if it's a bug or a feature (I suspect the latter), but is it supposed to suggest a different set of routes if you click the button more than once?

Re: south italy nightmare...help!

go into the grubbiest looking bar/cafe and ask, then another, and another. stop a roadie and ask.

EDIT: if the language is a problem for you then take heart that you'll probably have a better outcome because of it...

Re: Driverless cars in UK this year

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 8:10pm
The completely self-driving car is dramatic and obvious and will certainly encounter resistance both from passengers afraid to trust it and from millions whose jobs are threatened. But your car already takes over a lot of driving functions. Some of them are fairly obvious and minor: some cars have features which decide when to turn on wipers and lights, for instance. But most we don't even think of in this category, though that's what they are. Instead they are presented to us as 'driver aids': like parking sensors, anti-lock brakes and wheel-spin controllers. These will become more and more advanced until there's so little for the driver to do it's not worth doing anything. Other than enthusiasts, of course.

south italy nightmare...help!

Hi guys,
My tour of south Italy is going badly wrong!
My bike was trashed this morning, in an embarassing incident I will share when I get to a proper computer.
In short, 2 wheels wrecked, rear brakes broken, handlebar destroyed, and a badly mangled ortlieb.
After a 5km walk, I got a bike shop that replaced wheels, bar and brakes for 170 euros.
40km later, I realise I have back wheel wobble and gears are slipping.
Tightened up, but still not right.
Does anybody know decent bike shops on my next leg of the journey...
Gioia Taura to Paola tomorrow
Paola to Maratea the day after

Preferrably a wee old man that is cheap, rather than an expensive modern bike shop!
I am running low on cash and time now.

Very long shot I know!

Curiosity and the joy of the internet

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 May 2016 - 7:49pm
I have seen an "advert" on the BBC lately for programs etc. It consists of a middle aged man talking about how many galaxies fit within the eye of his spanner, as he builds a wheel. The shop looked a classic old school cycle shop and out of curiosity I wondered where it could be, it was definitely real as vehicles were passing the window. I could see out of the window a shop named "Bangla ca", but that was all. Anyway I thought it must be cafe and did an internet search..... this did lead to a place in london but streetview showed nothing resembling the shop front. Anyway I've just seen it again and could see "fur" just below the main name.... so I thought furniture.

Sure enough the shop is Bangla Carpets and Furniture and is located in Bethnal Green road. A trip to streetview and a 180 degree spin around and there was the mystery bike shop, its Isambaards Cycles probably known to people in that neck of the woods. Really looks an old school bike shop.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5252701,-0.0708304,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s6fm5P-8AwQE_nsEEmzWC0g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

What a brilliant resource we have in the internet, a few clicks of detective work and curiosity satisfied . The kids today don't realise how hard that would have been to do 30yrs ago .
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