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by BearOnWheels
17 Jan 2015, 12:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs
Replies: 34
Views: 4244

Re: 13 deaths in January, heading for worst in over 10 yrs

The headline of the post is misleading. 13 deaths are a tragedy, but the question is really a statistical one. Whilst deaths are up, the real question is 'is the number of deaths relative to the size of the cycling population up?'. This is a very different question. This can even be developed furthe...
by BearOnWheels
27 Nov 2014, 8:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tanker lorry, spot on driving
Replies: 20
Views: 2813

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

Well dear OP, you found one too! What we should all be doing apart from identifying, naming and shaming the companies and their drivers that scare the living daylights out of us is doing the opposite as well. Get the registration number, the company telephone number and ring them and say 'I'd really...
by BearOnWheels
12 Nov 2014, 1:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Repeated very close pass
Replies: 15
Views: 1872

Re: Repeated very close pass

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by BearOnWheels
7 Oct 2014, 5:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist
Replies: 19
Views: 3572

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

Apologies for the delay! Work….. I spoke to the 'Directeur Sportif' and he was partially surprised, bemused and annoyed both with me and the suspect. He said he had a fair idea of who it was but asked me to email him with details. He would then respond to me. I duly did so and he has not replied… I ...
by BearOnWheels
17 Sep 2014, 10:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Non driving cyclists
Replies: 51
Views: 4336

Re: Non driving cyclists

Vehicles I have seen where DRLs can be switched off:- Skoda Yeti (2 years old) Audi A6 (6 years old) VW Transporter Van (newish) BE careful about taking fuses out..they often serve more than one circuit - I had an old BMW where the indicators jammed on.. I thought I would remove the fuse, until I sa...
by BearOnWheels
17 Sep 2014, 10:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Non driving cyclists
Replies: 51
Views: 4336

Re: Non driving cyclists

You can turn DRLs off on most cars - I am aware of three very different vehicles that I look after, all have DRLs and they can be turned off via a control panel. I ALWAYS keep them on simply for insurance reasons. On the accident report form..'did you have lights on?' tick a YES! So a precaution… Oh...
by BearOnWheels
17 Sep 2014, 10:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist
Replies: 19
Views: 3572

Re: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

All the replies have been most encouraging. I will give the club a polite call Friday and see what happens. I will report back! I must say I give any cyclist a cheery nod and a smile if they are on the other side of the road, and I have had some really funny (and quite flirtatious!) remarks when bei...
by BearOnWheels
16 Sep 2014, 10:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist
Replies: 19
Views: 3572

Punishment Pass - By a Cyclist

I could not believe this… Last week I dropped my car in for repairs and popped my folding bike in the boot. So at the garage I handed over the keys and pedalled off home. Its a route I know well (A1000 between Hatfield and Potters Bar, Hertfordshire). As I was nearing the end of my journey a roadie,...
by BearOnWheels
16 Sep 2014, 10:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pulled Over By The Police
Replies: 41
Views: 4759

Re: Pulled Over By The Police

Two points:- When pulled over like this (or indeed anytime you are stopped by the police), always ask under what piece of legislation you are being stopped or what offence you are being charged with. If they can't name it or can't tell you, you are perfectly within your rights to say 'well, unless t...
by BearOnWheels
7 May 2014, 11:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Club Cyclists?!?
Replies: 4
Views: 3532

Re: London Club Cyclists?!?

Not sure on this one…..there is always an element of them and us but… Oh and its more then just one club…I saw two in the events described in the OP and have seen this behaviour from many London clubs - I will not say all… My wife cycled in London during the last Underground strike and she was appal...
by BearOnWheels
7 May 2014, 11:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Club Cyclists?!?
Replies: 4
Views: 3532

London Club Cyclists?!?

OK this is a rant. Twice over the last few days I have both been subject to and seen what can only be called poor road manners from London Club cyclists (how do I know this? They had their club names plastered all over various bits of their anatomy!). First, near Brickendon (Hertfordshire) some cycl...
by BearOnWheels
7 May 2014, 11:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Muppet Driver
Replies: 16
Views: 6494

Re: Muppet Driver

I try to take a Darwinian perspective…I hope that eventually these individuals will (hopefully) self select themselves out of the evolutionary process…by self terminating through reckless or even dangerous driving…. Unfortunately they tend to take others (like cyclists) with them… Still its a though...
by BearOnWheels
25 Feb 2014, 10:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Narrow roads and wing mirrors
Replies: 31
Views: 15107

Re: Narrow roads and wing mirrors

There is the alternative issue with taking the lane to avoid the wing mirror. I did this on Sunday close to the QE2 hospital in Welwyn Garden City. At one of those dreaded pinch points on the A1000 where there is a pedestrian crossing island in the middle of the road I carefully moved over to the pr...
by BearOnWheels
23 Feb 2014, 10:27am
Forum: Mountain Biking
Topic: Trail Manners?
Replies: 6
Views: 54968

Trail Manners?

As an occasional mountain biker, I do not usually post in this area of the forum. However, one incident last week left me irate and puzzled. I took my two children to Whinlater and went round the Quercus (blue) route with them. The older one is keen and skilful, but this was only the second time my ...
by BearOnWheels
12 Feb 2014, 10:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime running lights
Replies: 31
Views: 14222

Re: Daytime running lights

I must admit to being baffled by this campaign. I saw DRLs in Canada long before they were introduced here and was impressed -in 'low light but not quite dark enough conditions to put dipped lights on' I thought they made driving much easier as cars were more visible. Given the general climate for a...