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Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 9:37am
brynpoeth wrote:Disregarding priority. I really hate the b******s who try to wave me out when I am obliged to wait. I point at the "wait" sign and shout, "können Sie lesen?" (can you read?)

I get this fairly frequently when I drive to work, so it's not just a bike thing. I need to turn right into the office car park, across 2 lanes; it's normally someone in either a van or a large 4x4 that stops in the outside lane, blocking my view of the inside lane. I don't move unless I know that both lanes (and the entrance) are clear, which often results in rude gestures from the person who thinks they are doing me a 'favour'. It's really a question of the driver not having a real understanding of the road environment, and that is a bit worrying - as often as not there is nothing behind the stopped car (in their lane) so simply continuing would have been better. When I cycle in, I approach from the other direction, so this issue doesn't arise.

Re: this video is going viral

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 9:33am
I think Kwackers' example is certainly one I'd have called out - to the point of 'politely' advising the driver there and then, to search for their number plate on the 'tube - at any rate!

But it's easy to say such things with hindsight. Often, one doesn't want to waste time - let it go.

And often enough I capture what I think may be something 'interesting' on my camera, but when I come to play through the video again, I think, "nah, not worth bothering about". In fact such an incident occurred yesterday. Same set-up as the 'Eastbourne' vid, but in my case what happened was a motorist overtook me, pulled in in front, then braked in front of me. This was on a downhill and I was forced to brake too. The motorist then turned into a private entrance on the left. I uttered a few choice turns of phrase at the time, but on looking through the video again, I don't think it's worth it.... so no upload to Youtube.

Re: Most Annoying and Potentially Dangerous Motoring Manoeuv

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 8:49am
brynpoeth wrote:Disregarding priority. I really hate the b******s who try to wave me out when I am obliged to wait. I point at the "wait" sign and shout, "können Sie lesen?" (can you read?)
Both when driving and cycling, it seems to me it is generally safer to stick to the legal priorities as defined by signage and road markings - this causes less confusion. There are exceptions of course, especially in heavy slow-moving traffic, but generally I don't cede my priority, and don't expect others to do so for me.

Having said that, surely someone ceding priority is generally trying to be helpful? I understand sometimes it is better not to accept their kind offer, depending on other surrounding events and traffic, but I would not shout at the "offender" - just adds to the anti-cyclist impression some folks have. Maybe it's different in Germany?

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 2:29am
Ortliebs are a good fit for a Condor Fratello owner, I reckon - quite smart and definitely quality. Just got to choose the colour.

My own panniers, old Karrimor Iberians, are a third lighter but a bit more faff with double bagging sleeping bag etc. They do have the terrific big rear pockets, great for the two 1.5l Volvics on the biggest sunniest mountain days. I'd miss those. They're odds-n-ends pockets when the weather is less scorchy.

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:23am
Tonyf33 wrote:Nowt to do with the language and I told the pc we both exchanged pleasantries. . I called him a fornicating disgrace of a human being and that I was stood at least 5 metres away.

Anywsy it's pointless trying to get anything from the initial incident but if the inspector bothers to call me (was supposed to be today) then I will be making the complaint formal and wanting an investigation into why I was interrogated, bullied/intimidated as well as antagnoised through being rudely interrupted constantly and the constant and deliberate use of repeat signifying. I'm a member of the public that was requiring help and protection from an errant motorist whom on another day could have killed or seriously injured me, but I was spoken to as if I was a criminal being interrogated.
This person is out of control and needs taking out of the force, its clear what his intention was and I'm not letting this jerk get off scott free.
Maybe also keep jumping back to the fact that all you are trying to avoid somebody getting killed by a driver who considers totally unsafe driving around vulnerable road users acceptable. He was lucky this time but next time (and there is bound to be a next time) Police might easily be giving evidence at a coroner inquest.

Ian

Re: pressing for assault and dangerous driving

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:17am
Nowt to do with the language and I told the pc we both exchanged pleasantries. . I called him a fornicating disgrace of a human being and that I was stood at least 5 metres away.

Anywsy it's pointless trying to get anything from the initial incident but if the inspector bothers to call me (was supposed to be today) then I will be making the complaint formal and wanting an investigation into why I was interrogated, bullied/intimidated as well as antagnoised through being rudely interrupted constantly and the constant and deliberate use of repeat signifying. I'm a member of the public that was requiring help and protection from an errant motorist whom on another day could have killed or seriously injured me, but I was spoken to as if I was a criminal being interrogated.
This person is out of control and needs taking out of the force, its clear what his intention was and I'm not letting this jerk get off scott free.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 1:04am
I feel quite sorry for the poor cyclist. In my opinion his own fault, but must have hurt, lapse of attention, maybe a bit tired and what was probably a good ride becomes a bad ride in no time atall.

Makes me feel a bit sad for the guy. I'm sure he had some nasty bruises and injuries to recover from and I'm sure wont be making the same mistake again. Lucky the car was not damaged. I did think that car driver was very reasonable. I could imagine quite a few drivers coming out furious claiming the entire back of their treasured car was ruined beyond repair and demanding insurance company details, etc.

Ian

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 12:24am
My reassuringly expensive Ortleib bike roller city's cost £51 from bike plus three years ago and have completed five tours, still as good as new.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 19 February 2016 - 12:15am
May I take this opportunity to confess that I have run into the back of a parked car.

I think it was when I was in my teens. I wasn't looking where I was going.

In nearly 60 years of cycling, that's not too bad a record!

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 19 February 2016 - 12:08am
Having used Ortlieb for a dozen years and more I still haven't found anything that works better or is genuinely lighter with the same performance. The new fixings are very easy to set up and as my original bags are still in use without having replaced anything - well that takes some beating. The moral is buy well, buy once. (Btw - avoid the City bags, the closure system is awkward to use and you don't get the useful organiser.)

For a 10 day non camping trip i'd use a pair of front bags on the rear. Plenty big enough for all your gear but enough room for stuff you might buy on the way - books, gifts etc, it's easy to be so minimalist space wise you can't carry even an extra hanky! Of course i'd use a bar bag for the valuables and snacks and the spares etc go under the saddle in a seatpack - you don't want to be opening bags to get to that stuff, it'll almost certainly be raining!

You haven't mentioned your rack, i'd suggest a Tortec Velocity rack - minimalist, light but able to happily take your ten day load or more, bonus is the low price, under £20 in some stores.

Re: Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 11:19pm
You need a DC regulator between the dynamo and battery, as dynamo outputs nominally 6V alternating current (AC) and the cache battery requires 5V direct current (DC) input.
A suitable regulator for charging a cache battery is Busch & Müller E-WERK (Note UK prices are a lot higher than those from German retailers).
Note B&M USB-Werk regulator isnt suitable for charging higher capacity cache batteries as it has an internal cache battery for smooth charging mobile devices only.

Suggest using slightly smaller 6000mAh Anker battery rather than larger 10000+mAh items as these charge a lot quicker.

Also worth doing forum search as much has already been written here.

Re: Navigation - Garmin

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 11:02pm
PhilWhitehurst wrote:With the etrex series you'll get 50 hours continuous use off a couple of AA lithiums. ......

USB socket is on broom under rubber flap and can safely be used in heavy rain if running off the Dynamo.

Obviously NOT directly from the hub (which is AC) but via a voltage converter of some sort - I'm sure you know this but I include this comment for other readers who may not appreciate the point.

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 10:55pm
bikercolin wrote:Touring is mainly peopled by riders with Ortlieb and those who wish they had Ortlieb especially when it rains or when using the quick easy attachment method.

And there are plenty of people who are suckers for 'reassuringly expensive' brands.

There are plenty of other panniers that offer the same level of waterproofing as Ortlieb (not to mention the humble builders rubble bag).

The Ortlieb pannier clips are fine but they really aren't that much better than the competition: personally I think the Rixen Kaul clips used by Altura are better.

Re: Backup drivetrain bits

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 10:47pm
thornie1543 wrote:How do you guys get the cassette off to zip tie the freewheel to the spokes if you haven't got the tools? ( I,m sure I could do it in a pinch but tips are always good) and instruction on how to tie the freewheel to the spokes would be handy for me to know just in case ,thanks for any info.

You touch on a good point here, it's not the parts but often the tools that take up the weight and space. How many people tour with a chain whip, cassette lock ring tool and large spanner on fit on that tool? Or that bottom bracket fixed cup removal tool? I guess not many.

The only time I needed to tie my cassette to the spokes was when my Campag Centaur MTB freehub just broke and span freely, (a fair no. of years ago). I was only 7 to 8 miles from home, so a bit of a walk but not in the middle of nowhere. I went to the nearest old wire fence I knew of and worked the wire back and forth until it broke. Then I laced the wire through the gaps in the largest sprocket and then through the spokes, no need to remove anything. Then I took it easily and smoothly all the way home, about 80m of climbing nearest home. Being used to riding fixed certainly helped. On tour in hilly terain and with a big load would be a different proposition.

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 10:40pm
To add to the pile of excellent panniers already mentioned, I've used Altura Dryline for many years without any cause for complaint.

Re: Anyone used a TEASI gps cycle gizmo ?

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 10:35pm
> This year I'm opting to use an Android smartphone instead of a Garmin GPS for my cycle tours
> The thing to note is that the Android apps such as OSMand+ and Locus Map whilst being very competent and comprehensive apps, do take some time to learn, especially if you don't have a flair for that sort of thing
> I've no personal experience of the Teasi device, but I suspect that like the modern Gamin devices, they are quick and easy to set up straight out of the box (although it will take a bit more time to discover the full range of their facilities)
> If you are not tech savvy, try and get some 'hands on' in a shop or with a friend before buying - as in most things in today's market place, there is some much choice

Re: Pannier recommendations

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 10:29pm
Touring is mainly peopled by riders with Ortlieb and those who wish they had Ortlieb especially when it rains or when using the quick easy attachment method.

Re: LLC - Harlech

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 10:28pm
I was going to add to my earlier comments that going South to North on the minor roads (LLC) the gradients are overall less steep than going North to South. It is just the grain of the country.
Going South to North, by turning into the hills at Llanbedr, the highest point can be reached without any brutally steep sections but Harlech is missed out.
Views North to Snowdon massif and over the sea are wonderful though.

I personally would always use the more easterly of the two main road options in any direction (not the pankake flat one) but the relatively gentle climb through the woods. It will bring you directly into the town centre. Going South to North it is a fun blast down a long gentle twisting hill.

Re: Video - Yet another cyclist a victim

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 18 February 2016 - 10:23pm
A closer look at the video and a bit of Googling finds it to be a 'Dolan' make. No idea what model but looking at the prices I'd definitely want to ride it while looking where I was going.

Battery recommendations (dynamo charging)

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 18 February 2016 - 10:21pm
Anyone know of a reliable battery that charges well from a hub dynamo. The Anker ones seem popular but apparently they won't trickle charge at low speeds so unless you have a particularly high average speed (which I don't) I don't think they are up to the job.

Other options I've come across are Limefuel Blast or Portapow Premium but I've no experience using either.
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