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Re: Your rants here.

Postby TGOTB » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:09 pm

^ these points all highlight the problem, which is that most people will avoid drinking in order to be safe, but won't avoid driving in order to be safe.

Drinking alcohol, being very tired, and being very ill can all have a serious detrimental impact on someone's ability to drive safely. Drinking alcohol is a choice, so it's fairly easy to avoid drink driving, whereas being ill or tired generally aren't choices. You can still avoid driving whilst very ill or very tired, but most people aren't prepared to make that choice. Pick the kids up from school by car after a boozy lunch and you'll rightly be vilified; do the same after dragging yourself out of bed with a fever and you'll more likely be praised for struggling in. You could probably have avoided driving (public transport, call in a favour, taxi) but you chose not to.
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Postby cjcp » Thu Oct 03, 2019 15:05 pm

TGOTB wrote:
J_MCD wrote:That bloody abandoned car on the Embankment near Vauxhall Bridge. It's been sitting on a red single line, in a cycle lane for over a week now, why hasn't it been towed?!

+1 - I've just reported it to Westminster Council (though surely they must already be aware).


There's what looks to be a ticket on the front window. I'm not sure if it's a "Police Aware" sticker or a parking ticket, but I'm struggling to understand why an abandoned vehicle is allowed to remain in situ for so long in the middle of London; and MI5 and MI6 aren't too far away.
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby Wolfsbane2k » Thu Oct 03, 2019 15:06 pm

pangolin wrote:Stopped driving 25 minutes from home yesterday to have a coffee and a bit of fresh air. Felt silly stopping so close to home but I'd have felt really stupid dozing off so close to home.


Don't feel sorry for that. you never know what those last 25 mins might hold, or if it will, indeed be 25 mins away.

A previous business I worked for had a very hard line on their working day - while not quite tacograph level, if you hit the working hour limit while behind the wheel you'd get a reprimand, so I ended up staying a hotel 6 miles away from home for the night once after a 6 hour drive.
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby XBNM » Fri Oct 04, 2019 08:41 am

Nearly taken out by a left turning non indicating van as we pulled away from traffic lights who proceeded to cal me a ..... for shouting indicate at him in Durham so will likely bat my head against the wall with the police.

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Postby roger merriman » Sun Oct 06, 2019 14:43 pm

TGOTB wrote:^ these points all highlight the problem, which is that most people will avoid drinking in order to be safe, but won't avoid driving in order to be safe.

Drinking alcohol, being very tired, and being very ill can all have a serious detrimental impact on someone's ability to drive safely. Drinking alcohol is a choice, so it's fairly easy to avoid drink driving, whereas being ill or tired generally aren't choices. You can still avoid driving whilst very ill or very tired, but most people aren't prepared to make that choice. Pick the kids up from school by car after a boozy lunch and you'll rightly be vilified; do the same after dragging yourself out of bed with a fever and you'll more likely be praised for struggling in. You could probably have avoided driving (public transport, call in a favour, taxi) but you chose not to.


Due to the brain injury, I have to manage fatigue, and attempting to explain that it’s really not a good idea that I drive if tired, as driving is far more cognitively demanding that most other forms of travel my commute I can cut out almost all roads if I want to by bike. Yet people be that family/friends/work really just don’t seem to be able to *get* it ie they just think of the physical ie just sit in the car. Can be totally infuriating to be honest!

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Re: Your rants here.

Postby itboffin » Wed Oct 09, 2019 15:39 pm

last week bout of flu has turned into the a hacking slimy chest cough, also trying to ride on the turbo was a super bad idea just what i need when i have a few days off
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby DrHaggis » Wed Oct 09, 2019 19:22 pm

Got a visit from the fairy (nail went straight through brand new GP4S) 2km from afterschool club, with just 20 minutes to closing time, and with no backup available. Yeah, yeah, should have left work earlier.

I somehow made it only one minute late, but darn that was close. Maybe I really should get a CO2 cannister for these situations

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Postby redvee » Fri Oct 11, 2019 01:08 am

Several work colleagues told me it was raining and that I was going to get wet on the ride home cause it was raining, I had my Gabba and Nanofle armwarmers so wasn't too worried. All good until 10 minutes into the ride when the rain started to wash the sweat from the helmet pads into my eyes which stung a little :x
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Postby Wolfsbane2k » Fri Oct 11, 2019 14:31 pm

Picked up a rotten cold meaning I can hardly breathe, my balance has gone a little off, and I've a cracking headache just before the Wessex gridiron this weekend; a ride I've been planning for 3 months.

Not sure if I should try it anyway, but don't really fancy getting half way around and completely running out of steam.
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby itboffin » Fri Oct 11, 2019 15:11 pm

Wolfsbane2k wrote:Picked up a rotten cold meaning I can hardly breathe, my balance has gone a little off, and I've a cracking headache just before the Wessex gridiron this weekend; a ride I've been planning for 3 months.

Not sure if I should try it anyway, but don't really fancy getting half way around and completely running out of steam.


If its causing breathing problems then dont risk it trust me i'm starting week 3 and foolishly rode 25 easy miles yesterday and paid dearly for it at 2am this morning, coughing so bad i was unable to get back to sleep :?
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby Slowbike » Fri Oct 11, 2019 15:32 pm

Nah - don't bother - if it's the cold that's going around - any exercise will turn it into a bad cough... as I found out ....

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Postby NitrousOxide » Fri Oct 11, 2019 17:16 pm

Wolfsbane2k wrote:Picked up a rotten cold meaning I can hardly breathe, my balance has gone a little off, and I've a cracking headache just before the Wessex gridiron this weekend; a ride I've been planning for 3 months.

Not sure if I should try it anyway, but don't really fancy getting half way around and completely running out of steam.


If it's what I have and is doing the rounds in Southampton, I'd be very wary of doing much at all. Physically very tired; tickly throat; headaches; becoming chesty cough.

Started last Sat, seemed to be improving, but been much worse since yesterday and now feels like it's gone below the neck. Did a 30min turbo session earlier at what should have been very easy settings (z1 power) and came away with my legs and lungs feeling like I'd just done some z4 intervals.
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby Wolfsbane2k » Fri Oct 11, 2019 19:56 pm

NitrousOxide wrote:
Wolfsbane2k wrote:Picked up a rotten cold meaning I can hardly breathe, my balance has gone a little off, and I've a cracking headache just before the Wessex gridiron this weekend; a ride I've been planning for 3 months.

Not sure if I should try it anyway, but don't really fancy getting half way around and completely running out of steam.


If it's what I have and is doing the rounds in Southampton, I'd be very wary of doing much at all. Physically very tired; tickly throat; headaches; becoming chesty cough.

Started last Sat, seemed to be improving, but been much worse since yesterday and now feels like it's gone below the neck. Did a 30min turbo session earlier at what should have been very easy settings (z1 power) and came away with my legs and lungs feeling like I'd just done some z4 intervals.


Since I was in soton on tuesday, I'm blaming you.

I think I'll have to follow this advice though, it's already hit my chest and I struggled just walking the dog today :-(

Balls, that was the first days riding all to myself I've had booked into the diary for over 7 years...
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby NitrousOxide » Sat Oct 12, 2019 18:59 pm

Wolfsbane2k wrote:
NitrousOxide wrote:
Wolfsbane2k wrote:Picked up a rotten cold meaning I can hardly breathe, my balance has gone a little off, and I've a cracking headache just before the Wessex gridiron this weekend; a ride I've been planning for 3 months.

Not sure if I should try it anyway, but don't really fancy getting half way around and completely running out of steam.


If it's what I have and is doing the rounds in Southampton, I'd be very wary of doing much at all. Physically very tired; tickly throat; headaches; becoming chesty cough.

Started last Sat, seemed to be improving, but been much worse since yesterday and now feels like it's gone below the neck. Did a 30min turbo session earlier at what should have been very easy settings (z1 power) and came away with my legs and lungs feeling like I'd just done some z4 intervals.


Since I was in soton on tuesday, I'm blaming you.

I think I'll have to follow this advice though, it's already hit my chest and I struggled just walking the dog today :-(

Balls, that was the first days riding all to myself I've had booked into the diary for over 7 years...


If you're not feeling any better, that is rough timing. If you have to cancel, hope you get a chance to do an alternative ride soon.

I had nothing specific planned this weekend, but given I rarely get Saturdays off work, it's frustrating to have another one written off this year. About the only vague positive out of it is the weather is rubbish this weekend and if I'd been rostered to work today, I would have to have called in sick and have it contributed towards the attendance procedure.
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby redvee » Tue Oct 15, 2019 01:17 am

Pulling away from a set of lights I've got a 1 series BMW behind me, ten seconds later BMW driver finds the horn and again afte afnother five seconds but it seems to have stuck down given the duration of the blast. I'm riding at 20mph in the middle of the lane avoiding the pointless cyclelane in the doorzone and drain covers. After indicating I stop and turn onto the central divide as there is a traffic free route I can use, Mr BMW driver who was in such a hurry and being held up by me stops to chat and tells me I'll get run over cause I wasn't using the cycle lane at which I pointed out the cycle lane was in the doorzone and he drove off admitting defeat. Even if I was in the cycle lane the road isn't wide enough for a car to pass with sufficient space.
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Postby Cruff » Tue Oct 15, 2019 08:22 am

Rain can f**k right off
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Re: Your rants here.

Postby Tashman » Tue Oct 15, 2019 09:47 am

The cyclist I spotted this morning riding his fat bike incredibly slowly as he didn't want to spill his Cafe Nero flat white. The pace he was riding was makin him wobble trying to keep the thing upright. Get off and push it or drink the coffee then ride.


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