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by aprildavy
20 Aug 2013, 10:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: First Crash. Feeling a bit lousy.
Replies: 18
Views: 2638

Re: First Crash. Feeling a bit lousy.

I had a similar crash many years ago one evening when aged 17 and ended up in hospital and scars on my face (not bad) now for life (now 54). The difference was that there was no traffic behind me at all - but being careful, I habitually cycled fairly close to the kerb. My mistake was to ride at a si...
by aprildavy
25 Jul 2013, 7:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I don't believe it
Replies: 12
Views: 3362

Re: I don't believe it

Unfortunately Myth 1 Cyclists are inherently more considerate road users than drivers Myth 2 Cyclists can't hurt others by their actions Myth 3 It must be the drivers fault in any collision The other day, on a dual carriage way, more than 500m from a roundabout, two slow cyclists, drop handlebars, o...
by aprildavy
22 Jul 2013, 11:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Absolutely fuming... (train related)
Replies: 52
Views: 5920

Re: Absolutely fuming... (train related)

Once upon a time there was something called British Rail. highly subsidised, inefficient, but a decent service IMHO was provided. You could always bring your own food if you didnt like their sandwiches. trains had guards vans, with huge luggage space, never a problem to fit your bike in. Then someon...
by aprildavy
13 Jul 2013, 10:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence....
Replies: 53
Views: 4917

Re: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence

Plus, since I know quite a lot about flying as well as cycling, the aircraft that you would collide with has no relative movement on your windscreen. In the same way if you are driving towards a cyclist, who is cycling ahead of you on a long straight road, in a line of traffic, there is little movem...
by aprildavy
13 Jul 2013, 10:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence....
Replies: 53
Views: 4917

Re: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence

Are we seriously saying cyclists are flying in the sky now and wearing black will help avoid mid air collisions with squeezy jets? hi viz requires contrast against the background. Black may be better when the cyclist is backlit against a light sky, but great camouflage when you cycle into a tree cov...
by aprildavy
2 Jul 2013, 10:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in Devon?
Replies: 21
Views: 2442

Re: Cycling in Devon?

Devon and Cornwall is worse than Scotland As a Scot living in Dorset, done plenty of cycling in Dorset/Devon I can vouch for the accuracy of hte above statement. That's because the hills in Scotland are higher than Devon. There is no habitation, or farmed land in Scotland above 1000 feet or so, so ...
by aprildavy
2 Jul 2013, 10:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Synchronised flashing lamps?
Replies: 5
Views: 935

Re: Synchronised flashing lamps?

Must confess I've never given a thought to the discomfort caused to others by my two flashing cateyes on all the time in daylight hours, plus twin flashing cateye ld100 on the rear. In fact I have been completed by a driver on how well lit I was compared to other drivers one morning. Quick chat and ...
by aprildavy
2 Jul 2013, 10:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stupid motorist on club run
Replies: 42
Views: 2896

Re: Stupid motorist on club run

You can (in a car) get stuck behind a tractor for 5 miles or so, most drivers don't throw their hands up in horror, but it makes sense to pull over and let other road users pass if you are holding up the other traffic, as tractors normally will when they can. I have no hesitation in doing this if it...
by aprildavy
2 Jul 2013, 10:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 'Eye contact'
Replies: 17
Views: 1218

Re: 'Eye contact'

You would be more likely to want to make eye contact with a car/truck pulling out of a junction, therefore the contact would be through the side window?
by aprildavy
2 Jul 2013, 10:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting on a tourer
Replies: 34
Views: 2368

Re: Commuting on a tourer

I've done 18mph over a relatively flat route over 25 miles on a 1993 dawes galaxy with mudguards and dynamo light on, nil wind. Can usually manage 16-17 -18 over that distance in the summer ok, slower in winter. Mind you I have a decent set of wheels (ultegra 6700) and tri-bars. I don't think the fr...
by aprildavy
7 Jun 2013, 9:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence....
Replies: 53
Views: 4917

Re: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence

Couldn't agree more Alan(inWales), hi-vis is totally unnecessary, it makes me so angry when I see people in their day glo stuff & sashes etc during the day, you not only look ridiculous but the effectiveness is pretty much zero. Hope I am not quoting you out of context - apologies if so. It sho...
by aprildavy
7 Jun 2013, 8:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence....
Replies: 53
Views: 4917

Re: Cyclists invisible without reflective clothing, evidence

well, hi viz or not. Lovley morning today at 7am. Excellent weather, no sun in anyone's eyes. barely a car on the roads. Wearing yellow hiviz gilet, white helmet, two cateye flashing lights in front, one red in rear - just for added viz in daylight. Crossing a roundabout, green 4x4 enters roundabout...
by aprildavy
29 May 2013, 8:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: "Road Tax" v. "VED"
Replies: 42
Views: 72985

Re: "Road Tax" v. "VED"

No. There are too many pedalants on this forum.
by aprildavy
29 May 2013, 8:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Motorists and cyclists unite against pedestrians
Replies: 3
Views: 1361

Re: Motorists and cyclists unite against pedestrians

I don't see what is wrong with the suggestion. I'm happy to pay for the days I use the roads, based on the degree of cycle suitability and of course based on the wear and tear I cause to the roads. of course, in return, I expect a rebate of VED/Road Tax for the days I go to work on my bike instead o...
by aprildavy
7 Mar 2013, 10:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: recommend a pump : 100psi + gauge
Replies: 27
Views: 2599

Re: recommend a pump : 100psi + gauge

Lezyne Pressure Drive Road with flexible hose.