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Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 8:20pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:And I have now had confirmation from ICE - the bill is indeed paid in full.

Glad you got sorted and he paid up,stand up guy,good result

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 8:16pm
Dogs are not unpredictable - you might not be able to read their body language, but that's a different problem.
So cyclists are expected to be experts on dogs' body language?

I guess you're right in a way. Statistically at least one in every ten dogs can be predicted to run right across your path so they aren't completely unpredictable.

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 8:12pm
climo wrote:puffin wrote:Dogs are an important part of our heritage and our national psyche, I am happy to share the roads with them safe in the knowledge of the joy they bring. If it means I have to slow up, that is a very small price to pay.
+1
My dogs are often walked on a shared use path. Many cyclists are a real problem there as they approach silently from behind at speed and passing the pedestrian (with or without dog) far too close for comfort. It seems to be some sort of sport. A reasonable call of 'Slow down' results in a bad tempered look or abuse from the cyclists. The police are aware but can't do anything.
Most dogs are off the lead but then why shouldn't they be? It is, after all, a well known dog walking area. Some dogs are on the retractable type of lead which are almost impossible for the oncoming cyclists to see and avoid. A collision is inevitable and some dogwalkers are now afraid to go there.
Given that cyclists comprise maybe 1% of the path users its incumbent of those cyclists (some who are 'real' cyclists) to respect the majority.

Many people here bang on about motorists driving dangerously and rightly so but can't we extend the same thinking to dogwalkers and pedestrians? If not then all we do is to irritate those people who when they drive may think they can do the same to cyclists. A bit of civility and consideration goes a long way to counter the widely held belief that cyclists are a selfish, arrogant bunch.

So next time you're held up by a dogwalker who may not have seen you approaching just extend them the same amount of curtesy that we want from motorists.
Part of the problem is that these paths are being promoted to cyclists as cycle paths, rather than shared use paths, so cyclists, not unreasonably, expect to cycle on them. Plus, where the paths are divided pedestrians and dog-walkers seldom respect the divisions.

The main problem is that the UK's cycling infrastructure is a joke. I doubt cyclists in most European countries would put up with cycle paths where pedestrians and dogs outnumber cyclists.

Please read the guidelines for using shared paths. The fact that many dog walkers use them does not mean they have more rights than cyclists or that it's ok for their dogs to be loose. It is a shared path not a dog-walking area. If a lead on a cycle path is invisible then dog owners should use leads that are visible.

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel/get-cycling/advice-using-shared-use-paths
If walking a dog, keep them under control which may require a short lead

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 8:09pm
khain wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:khain wrote:I need to slow down or stop for every one.

Yep - that's the correct thing to do.
Just as we expect motorists to slow down for each and every cyclist on the road.
I'm happy to know you equate cyclists with dogs.

Why would you expect all motorists to slow down or stop for every cyclist? If the road is clear I'm perfectly happy for a car to overtake without slowing down, so long as it gives me plenty of space.

The difference is that dogs are unpredictable and very often stray into your path without warning so you must slow down. Also, they have a tendency to chase bikes. I've been chased myself and have seen a few accidents caused by dogs chasing bikes on cycle paths.

Can you imagine the uproar if dogs were all over the roads? And yet cyclists are supposed to use roads rather than pavements.

Dogs are not unpredictable - you might not be able to read their body language, but that's a different problem.

If there is sufficient space then you can overtake a dog at some speed - also I've never had a dog *on a walk* chase me at all... No matter what form of transport I was using. I can't recall ever seeing a dog on a walk chase anyone either - I have seen plenty chase other dogs, or squirrels, or.... but never a person.

But basically yes - any time in a car and passing a cyclist I expect to slow down to do so. The exception is when I am on road with two lanes in each direction AND the speed limit is relatively low (30-50 depending on the width of the lanes).



Road users have a duty of care to all road users more vulnerable than themselves...

Re: Dogs on cycle paths - how many where you live?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 7:34pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:khain wrote:I need to slow down or stop for every one.

Yep - that's the correct thing to do.
Just as we expect motorists to slow down for each and every cyclist on the road.
I'm happy to know you equate cyclists with dogs.

Why would you expect all motorists to slow down or stop for every cyclist? If the road is clear I'm perfectly happy for a car to overtake without slowing down, so long as it gives me plenty of space.

The difference is that dogs are unpredictable and very often stray into your path without warning so you must slow down. Also, they have a tendency to chase bikes. I've been chased myself and have seen a few accidents caused by dogs chasing bikes on cycle paths.

Can you imagine the uproar if dogs were all over the roads? And yet cyclists are supposed to use roads rather than pavements.

Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 7:21pm
See this is how it's done, nobody injured, person pays for damage they caused with minimal fuss. Stuff happens and yes it could have been worse but wasn't.
I'm still waiting on police after women turned into cul de sac and hit my car. Wasn't a big smash, scrape on bumper, light cluster broken £80 parts and labour. Instead of fessing up she tries to drive off but neighbour saw her and I confronted her but she drives away refusing to vive details.
She now has THREE criminal offences hanging over her and all the crud that goes with it...for the sake oc £80!

Technical officer

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2016 - 5:52pm
I just noticed that the CTC (or whatever the organisation is called these days) is advertising various jobs it has on offer. Not one is for a technical officer. It's not hard to see that this organisation has done a full turnaround from which there is no recovery. Years of service to the cycle touring community have been discarded and replaced with a political organisation that wants to save the world from God knows what. What a waste. What a shame. What sacrilege.

Bob Zeller

Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 4:45pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:And I have now had confirmation from ICE - the bill is indeed paid in full.


Excellent.
Good result.

Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 4:17pm
And I have now had confirmation from ICE - the bill is indeed paid in full.

Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 4:10pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:blackbike wrote:You have a duty to sting him for as much as you can so he is more careful in future.

Ring a claims lawyer. Don't forget all the mental stress you suffered.
I refuse to stoop to that level

Well said Bob.

Re: route ideas - spain to czech republic

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2016 - 4:06pm
aThousandTurns wrote:(Do you still hang out at Thorn Tree, Iviehoff? Or is that finished.)
I do, for my sins. But it has never got many people back to replace the majority who left during The Troubles.

Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 4:02pm
Hi,
[XAP]Bob, your too honest.
Do what I do,
Get a quote from shop.
Show him and then adjust the price to do work yourself, perfectly legal.
If he quibbles, get the shop to do the work and ask for the old parts back.

Re: This morning...

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 3:33pm
The "stoop" comment was regarding 'Don't forget all the mental stress you suffered'.

As yet I don't need a lawyer... I would be happy to pay the fair share of usage on the existing chain/sprockets - they are consumables after all, it just changes the timing of the replacement.

Just had a call to say that he has paid ICE for the parts and shipping (in full, despite me suggesting a compromise as above), but that he had missed the cutoff time for today's post.
Yet to have confirmation from ICE, but that sounds like a good result to me...


You're entitled to claim for loss, damage and expense. It isn't stooping to claim, it's the way the system works.
Loss: 5 minutes of time, I call that natural variance on a journey.
Damage: He's paid in full for all parts required - despite some being worn, and 'indicated' parts, rather than obvious damage.
Expense: It's cost me 3 emails and one SMS.

I suppose I will take some time to fit the shiny parts, but I'm not paying him for that benefit

Re: Tacks on the cycle path in Swansea

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 2:55pm
hamish wrote:Watch out for tacks/drawing pins on the cycle path in Swansea around Blackpill on Route 4

Two of us punctured this morning and other people I know had problems yesterday.

Nobody knows who is doing it and why but it is irritating.

Were you one of the tandemists repairing between Blackpill and the university?

They are at it again. I was nailed (well... pinned) near West Cross yesterday. http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Swansea-cycle-path-drawing-pin-menace-widened-net/story-29032901-detail/story.html

Re: Lowest gear for touring including load-pulling

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2016 - 1:09pm
When I joined the South Lancashire Road Club in the late 1970s, the club time-keeper was reputed to have braized a 13 sprocket to his chain-set to get a lower gear.

Re: Lowest gear for touring including load-pulling

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2016 - 1:06pm
Sweep wrote:NATURAL ANKLING wrote:But who would really need more than 42 x 11 on a 700 x 35, you wont keep it up long even with no load so the top gears over 100 " are a bit academic, 53 x 11 is for he-men

I have 11-34 and 22-32-42 on a very very well used 8-speed bike - used for load lugging/day rides/around town.

Touring will often be on 37/38 tyres, zapping around town 28mm.

Have you never felt the need for a 44T big ring?

I have been considering it.

This is a handy web-site you can put in your chain-ring and cassette ratios and tyre size and it will tell you the speed for a range of cadences or cadence at speed and other stuff such as gear inches, ratios and development.

http://www.bikecalc.com/speed_at_cadence

Re: Lowest gear for touring including load-pulling

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 1 April 2016 - 12:55pm
My setup is on my recumbent trike is ...........
Double-Double in the front:- Twin chainrings 53/38 in a Schlumpf High Speed Drive, 132.5/95 in overdrive.
Rohloff in the rear built into a 20" wheel with a 21 tooth sprocket.
That gives me 24 unique gears with around 14% step-up between each gear, 9.5"-172".
Low normal range is 1.5 mph up to around 14 mph.
High normal spins out at just over 20 mph.
Low overdrive spins out at around 35 mph.
High overdrive has not been spun out yet as I've only got up to 45 mph downhill on this trike so far ........

The reason for the double-double is lifts the speed I hit the overdrive range, when I hit maximum drag with the HSD, without loosing the silly low first gear.
Plus going into overdrive is only a 4 shift down on the Rohloff, not a 7 shift down.

Graeme Obree on Radio 2 at 1pm

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 1 April 2016 - 12:08pm
Graeme Obree is on the Jeremy Vine show at 1pm to talk about his Battle Mountain film -

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/w ... iler-video

Graeme Obree on Radio 2 at 1pm

Cycling UK Forum - Racing - 1 April 2016 - 12:08pm
Graeme Obree is on the Jeremy Vine show at 1pm to talk about his Battle Mountain film -

http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/videos/w ... iler-video

Re: Punctured!

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 1 April 2016 - 11:43am
A bottle of wine fits very nicely into a bottle cage. A toe-strap around the neck of the bottle prevents any disasters when going over speed bumps.
Perhaps you could consider changing your tipple.

On the whole personally I would usually go for tea.
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