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  • surfercyclistsurfercyclist Posts: 865
    Whenever I ride up behind someone(happens a lot this time of year on back roads around here as lots of tourist) I just shout "BIKE" to alert them and then a thank you as I go past. Some poor buggers do jump a bit in surprise but usually then give a nervous laugh.
  • surfercyclistsurfercyclist Posts: 865
    delete duplicate post.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 7,385
    Shoot the dog, then she will have no reason to be walking there. If she gets a new dog, repeat until she learns that actions have consequences.

    Follow this advice and the bonus is you also learn this lesson.
    and then the next thing you know
  • thistle_(mbnw)thistle_(mbnw) Posts: 2,743
    xbnm wrote:
    I hand them a copy of the below article which seems to focus some minds particularly if they have a lead that's really hard to see they get advised of that too.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/cycl ... 24006.html
    Ha, might try that one.
  • xbnmxbnm Posts: 111
    Tried to find this yesterday anyway Kennel club guidance

    https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/8277/law.pdf

    page 7 is the relevant page
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,152
    thought the roads seemed to have quietened down due to school holidays lately, but tonights commute home, every other bleedin' car was overtaking within a foot of me and sometimes then even block passing me driving straight to the kerb in front of me, or going for it when the car in front had actually alreadystopped, the only thing I could think of was causing it was, a strong head wind home and I was only hitting a 13mph average, it suddenly puts me in the not quite fast enough to pause before considering an overtake, but not slow enough to pass safely for the MGIFS
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,353
    One for Wolfsbane - Hampshire has been listed as the worst place to ride with 10% of all injury accidents involving cyclists last year occurred in. ... Hampshire ...
    https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/178262 ... -cyclists/

    Yet the Police won't do anything about the close passes like loads of the other forces around the country ... ? Are they nuts?
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,409
    slowbike wrote:
    One for Wolfsbane - Hampshire has been listed as the worst place to ride with 10% of all injury accidents involving cyclists last year occurred in. ... Hampshire ...
    https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/178262 ... -cyclists/

    Yet the Police won't do anything about the close passes like loads of the other forces around the country ... ? Are they nuts?

    I live on the border of Hampshire Wilts and Berks i personally think all three are terrible and not just as a cyclist, even driving feels like the cannonball run
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • nitrousoxidenitrousoxide Posts: 3,825
    slowbike wrote:
    One for Wolfsbane - Hampshire has been listed as the worst place to ride with 10% of all injury accidents involving cyclists last year occurred in. ... Hampshire ...
    https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/178262 ... -cyclists/

    Yet the Police won't do anything about the close passes like loads of the other forces around the country ... ? Are they nuts?

    Read that article earlier and it really does not surprise me at all, the average population density of the whole county isn't that high IIRC, but it is super dense along the south coast around Southampton and Portsmouth and barely a sole lives up in the hills between Owslebury and Petersfield in relative terms.

    I used to drive a very similar journey across Southampton to the cycle commute I do now and the drive used to take forever both ways, because there were and and still are so many driving these short distances... It's far quicker by bike even without jumping red lights, riding on non-shared pavements, without having ever passed a proficiency test or paying road tax, before talking about the positive effects it has on my mental and physical well-being!

    So many of them see bus lanes, the vast number of traffic lights and naughty cyclists as the cause of why their journeys are so slow, completely in denial that it is the number of them using motor vehicles for short trips in a city with a road layout that was never designed to cope with this much traffic... And sadly the vulnerable cyclists get the brunt of this frustration, rather than the 1.5 metres they should be getting during overtakes.
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    2016 Voodoo Wazoo
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,845
    slowbike wrote:
    One for Wolfsbane - Hampshire has been listed as the worst place to ride with 10% of all injury accidents involving cyclists last year occurred in. ... Hampshire ...
    https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/178262 ... -cyclists/

    Yet the Police won't do anything about the close passes like loads of the other forces around the country ... ? Are they nuts?

    Yep.
    And if the figures are right, it's 29% up on last 2017, which was 1 down from 2016 ; from 429 {2017) to 567 (2018) total injuries.

    Disgusting
    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • xbnmxbnm Posts: 111
    Came off on a patch of Diesel Friday night not too badly hurt considering at 20mph, swollen knee, finger, bruised hip and scratched/bruised arm.

    This morning 1 foot lake puddle and soggy feet resulting, lake created by highways England access ramp that's cut off the natural drainage been in place for 1 year and 4 months with no actual work being undertaken.
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,152
    two punishment passes this morning, plus then as Im in the middle of the road, with my right paw signalling as Im about to turn right, I still had a numpty in a car behind me try and overtake, who then skidded to a halt when it finally dawned on them they werent going to make it without having an accident
  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,031
    It's enough to make go out now on the bike and suffer Saturday morning idiots.
    How can you move into a fully fitted, full managed brand new flat and still find things to circular saw on a Saturday morning????
    I think some people are just hard coded to be plain annoying b strds.
  • DrLexDrLex Posts: 2,142
    jgsi wrote:
    ...
    How can you move into a fully fitted, full managed brand new flat and still find things to circular saw on a Saturday morning????
    ...
    Chopping up the body of Friday night’s Tinder date to fit down the insinkerator?
    Location: ciderspace
  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 1,623
    jgsi wrote:
    It's enough to make go out now on the bike and suffer Saturday morning idiots.
    How can you move into a fully fitted, full managed brand new flat and still find things to circular saw on a Saturday morning????
    I think some people are just hard coded to be plain annoying b strds.

    Maybe some of their old furniture didn't fit? :)

    How early in the morning?
    Genesis Croix de Fer
    Cube Attain
  • TGOTBTGOTB Posts: 4,828
    jgsi wrote:
    How can you move into a fully fitted, full managed brand new flat and still find things to circular saw on a Saturday morning????
    Installing all the air filtering equipment, growing tables, hydroponics, lighting etc.

    Keep a close eye on your electricity bill...
    Pannier, 120rpm.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,932
    Coach trip to London and as ypou know there isn't a lot of personal space so contact with the guy in the seat next to you is inevitible but the guy next to me also had fragrance issues so all I could smell for 2+ hours was his mild BO. The return journey wasn't much better as the ditance between seats is the bare minimum and I'm 5'11" so I can just sit in the seat and have my knees touching the back of the seat in front whcih was OK till the girl in front of me decided to recline her seatback which laasted for all of ten seconds as I told her my situation and politley asked to put her seat back upright.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,368
    Our B chainy last night got overtaken by a Porsche. On a blind bend. Approaching a bridge. Not taxed for 15 months. Footage with license plate clear as a bell and thirty seconds either side of the punishment pass sent to Lancs police - hopefully be getting a visit from them and a nice hefty fine for the lack of tax
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,152
    why are Marathon + tyres such f****rs to get on & off rims, ok its a rhetorical question I know puncture protection, but I broke a tyre lever,my crank brothers speed lever, doing it and must have wrestled with it for at least 30mins trying to shift it, fortunately in the comfort of home as I think Id have just walked home if it had happened on the road.
  • nitrousoxidenitrousoxide Posts: 3,825
    Went out for a ride to climb a few cat4 hills including Harvesting Lane and The White Way, only the freewheel on my low dry mileage Hunt Aero Light Discs decides out of nowhere to stop engaging before I've even climbed a single cat4. :(

    Got it engaging again, but not consistently, so crawled back home... Just!

    We shall try again, hopefully in the morning, on the original Fulcrums.
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    2017 Cube Attain GTC Pro Disc 2016
    2016 Voodoo Wazoo
  • condormancondorman Posts: 811
    awavey wrote:
    why are Marathon + tyres such f****rs to get on & off rims, ok its a rhetorical question I know puncture protection, but I broke a tyre lever,my crank brothers speed lever, doing it and must have wrestled with it for at least 30mins trying to shift it, fortunately in the comfort of home as I think Id have just walked home if it had happened on the road.
    I used to have that problem with my tyre/rim combination on my fixed. The answer is a VAR lever https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/var-tyre-levers/
    Condor Pista
    50x16
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,152
    condorman wrote:
    awavey wrote:
    why are Marathon + tyres such f****rs to get on & off rims, ok its a rhetorical question I know puncture protection, but I broke a tyre lever,my crank brothers speed lever, doing it and must have wrestled with it for at least 30mins trying to shift it, fortunately in the comfort of home as I think Id have just walked home if it had happened on the road.
    I used to have that problem with my tyre/rim combination on my fixed. The answer is a VAR lever https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/var-tyre-levers/

    Ill give that a go, cheers :)
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,152
    saw another rider heading the opposite way to me, close pass overtaken by a white van delivery driver just as they got to a pedestrian refuge island,she wasnt riding that slowly I thought but more of dutch style cyclist than atypical roadie, and just 5 secs more of patience and the van would have then had plenty of room to overtake safely, but no doubt on a target to drop as many parcels as possible he went for it.

    but the way he cut back in on her to make it through the gap... :shock: ...even with the acute angle I was seeing this unfold in front of me not being the best, can only have been inches to spare and she had no real room left to move over as she was kerbside already, so I couldnt see/hear if she was affected or reacted to it, just that she was still upright and pedalling forward after the van passed me, as I was then trying my best to concentrate on my own road hazards.
  • condorman wrote:
    awavey wrote:
    why are Marathon + tyres such f****rs to get on & off rims, ok its a rhetorical question I know puncture protection, but I broke a tyre lever,my crank brothers speed lever, doing it and must have wrestled with it for at least 30mins trying to shift it, fortunately in the comfort of home as I think Id have just walked home if it had happened on the road.
    I used to have that problem with my tyre/rim combination on my fixed. The answer is a VAR lever https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/var-tyre-levers/

    VAR lever - when your first lever decision was wrong, and you want to get the right result and don't mind about it taking ages?
    and then the next thing you know
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 2,845
    Discovered the LBS that I bought/got my replacement bike from has shut down.

    Balls.
    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,152
    condorman wrote:
    awavey wrote:
    why are Marathon + tyres such f****rs to get on & off rims, ok its a rhetorical question I know puncture protection, but I broke a tyre lever,my crank brothers speed lever, doing it and must have wrestled with it for at least 30mins trying to shift it, fortunately in the comfort of home as I think Id have just walked home if it had happened on the road.
    I used to have that problem with my tyre/rim combination on my fixed. The answer is a VAR lever https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/var-tyre-levers/

    VAR lever - when your first lever decision was wrong, and you want to get the right result and don't mind about it taking ages?

    ok is that a recommendation for or against VAR... :?
  • hopkinbhopkinb Posts: 5,183
    awavey wrote:
    condorman wrote:
    awavey wrote:
    why are Marathon + tyres such f****rs to get on & off rims, ok its a rhetorical question I know puncture protection, but I broke a tyre lever,my crank brothers speed lever, doing it and must have wrestled with it for at least 30mins trying to shift it, fortunately in the comfort of home as I think Id have just walked home if it had happened on the road.
    I used to have that problem with my tyre/rim combination on my fixed. The answer is a VAR lever https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/var-tyre-levers/

    VAR lever - when your first lever decision was wrong, and you want to get the right result and don't mind about it taking ages?

    ok is that a recommendation for or against VAR... :?

    It's a football joke I think.

    Get a kool stop tyre bead jack Tie it to your mini pump with an elastic band (very similar size). Stick it in your middle rear jersey pocket. Never struggle with a tyre again.
  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 771
    Visit from the fairy today on the way back home, right when it started to rain. Fark you very much

    Got the chance to try the new minipump, and found out it was tricky to engage with the valve, and would leak (despite the thread) at some angles. Is there really no decent minipump? Are CO2 cannisters the only way?

    In the end managed to get about 4 bar on a 25c tyre, but couldn't be arsed to pedal hard anymore... so I was overtaken by two swift people without a chance to respond. Darn it. Hadn't been in a proper SCR in ages.
  • condormancondorman Posts: 811
    drhaggis wrote:
    Visit from the fairy today on the way back home, right when it started to rain. Fark you very much

    Got the chance to try the new minipump, and found out it was tricky to engage with the valve, and would leak (despite the thread) at some angles. Is there really no decent minipump? Are CO2 cannisters the only way?

    In the end managed to get about 4 bar on a 25c tyre, but couldn't be arsed to pedal hard anymore... so I was overtaken by two swift people without a chance to respond. Darn it. Hadn't been in a proper SCR in ages.
    This is what I carry around https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lezyne-micro-floor-drive-hv-mini-pump/rp-prod36291 * I have the one with the gauge and have inflated tyres to 110psi without suffering burns or the chuck flying off (the chuck screws on to the valve). Admittedly, I carry it on my rucksack when commuting but use the frame attachment on "best" bike when riding at weekends.
    * other retailers are available, twas the first link
    Condor Pista
    50x16
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,368
    drhaggis wrote:
    Visit from the fairy today on the way back home, right when it started to rain. Fark you very much

    Got the chance to try the new minipump, and found out it was tricky to engage with the valve, and would leak (despite the thread) at some angles. Is there really no decent minipump? Are CO2 cannisters the only way?

    In the end managed to get about 4 bar on a 25c tyre, but couldn't be arsed to pedal hard anymore... so I was overtaken by two swift people without a chance to respond. Darn it. Hadn't been in a proper SCR in ages.
    Topeak race rocket for me. Can get about 80 psi (though it does require about 160 pumps to get it)
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
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