Search found 196 matches

by BlackPanther
5 Jun 2020, 5:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.
Replies: 31
Views: 6384

Re: My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.

So, a quick update. I'm back to 99% fitness, and was able to start running again. Being on furlough for 8 weeks, I started gradually and managed to work up to the 10k runs I did many years ago, though not as quick and the knee did ache the day after. Update re the claim, MIB sent me an offer of a smidgen over £4k, which I'm happy with and have accepted. I'm left with a permanant scar, but I'm back to being confident cycling again, which took a while. Just wanted to thank everyone for their concerns an well wishes, and also to the people who suggested MIB in the first place as I had no idea, and probably wouldn't have pursued a claim! So I now have a large deposit towards the motorbike I've been lusting after! Thanks again everyone, Carl.
by BlackPanther
27 Oct 2019, 6:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: For Sale. Giant FastRoad eBike 400w. Medium frame.
Replies: 1
Views: 554

Re: For Sale. Giant FastRoad eBike 400w. Medium frame.

Price drop to £1,050, before I go down the eBay route.
by BlackPanther
24 Sep 2019, 6:29pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4521

Re: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?

Having commuted 25 miles daily for 10 years, I’ve noticed that;

No matter what bike, be it a mountain bike, hybrid, road bike, recumbent, trike, velomobile, or eBike, I’ve always ridden in to work steadily so as not to break sweat. Then, home bound I ride like a bat out of hell to get a workout. Thusly (is thusly a word?) I always get home wrecked. Only difference is the time it takes. That said, my commutes are reasonably flat, so I guess anyone dealing with massive hills may ridden more often?
by BlackPanther
18 Sep 2019, 8:53am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: For Sale. Giant FastRoad eBike 400w. Medium frame.
Replies: 1
Views: 554

For Sale. Giant FastRoad eBike 400w. Medium frame.

For sale is my Giant Fastroad E-bike. Its the 400w version, and is in good condition. The bike is a ‘Medium’ size frame and has covered 1492 miles. I am the 2nd owner, and have done just over 1,000 miles since acquiring it just over 6 months ago. I have the receipt for initial purchase and believe the mileage to be accurate. It comes fitted with Marathon Plus tyres front and rear, and the bike will come with everything shown in the pictures except for the pannier rack which I need to fit to my new commuter. 20 gears, dual sided flat/spd pedals.

I bought the Giant as I had a knee injury and needed the assistance to get to work comfortable as there were several hills, but a change of job means I no longer need the help to get to work. The bike comfortably does 80+ miles on eco, and 45+ on turbo. I rode it almost exclusively on ‘mid’ setting which whisks you up to around 17mph very quickly. When new this bike would cost around £2,000, so it’s a bargain at £1,150.

I’ve recently acquired a ‘Badass’ box, which derestricts the bike (for off road use of course) and means that it’s a doddle to hold 25-28 mph. After trying it I removed it as absolutely no effort is required to ride it, so I didn’t see the point of it, but I could include for another £50, if not I’ll sell the part on eBay.

The bike was in a front end collision, but my local Giant dealer gave it a full check over, and replaced the front fork so the bike is back to excellent condition.

Thanks for looking, cheers, Carl.
by BlackPanther
2 Sep 2019, 8:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.
Replies: 31
Views: 6384

Re: My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.

Bit of an update. I’ve recently swapped jobs. I was struggling a bit with my knee as the job I was doing involved very heavy lifting. While I was off sick, I applied for a few jobs and from the offers I received, I’ve accepted a HGV driving job at Jewson Civils. Better hours, no Saturdays, and a lot less lifting,

Police informed me there’s no chance of a prosecution, as they definitely can’t prove the driver they nicked was driving on the day I was hit.

I’ve put a claim in with M.I.B (thanks to advice from forum members) and I’ve had a medical, and a representative for M.I.B came to the house and took a formal statement, along with pictures, receipts, etc etc. I’m hoping to recover the cost of repair ( just over £250 for new forks, cables, and control unit. ) The bike is as good as new, and if I get some injury compensation on top, then I guess I’ll put it towards a holiday! I must’ve paid in thousands over the years for car and motorbike insurance!

The limp has gone, but after going for a 25 minute jog with my 12 year old Son last week, I’ve realised it’s going to take a few months before I’m back to (hopefully) approaching full fitness. I’ve done a 6 mile ride, but don’t think I could comfortably do much more. My previous job was 13 miles to work, which I did with no problem, but as my new job is only 3 miles away, I should be able to manage it when I start in a week or two.

I’m still really pi553d off that the scumbag who took me out has got away with it, and can only hope that Mr Karma comes knocking at his door one day soon.

All in all, I realise I was very lucky to not being more seriously hurt, and it won’t stop me cycling to work!
by BlackPanther
2 Jul 2019, 4:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.
Replies: 31
Views: 6384

Re: My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.

mjr wrote:Get well soon and I hope they catch them - that wing mirror serial should help!

BlackPanther wrote:I also had a throbbing right cheek bone where I'm assuming I face planted the roof (thank God I was wearing the helmet),

If you face planted, the main effect of a helmet was probably to add weight to the planting, especially if the helmet isn't crushed, but as you don't remember and your camera wasn't on, we probably won't ever really know, so please don't use this as an argument either way!



Yeah I know what you're saying, and it's each to their own on helmets. Thinking about it (still don't remember) after hitting the car I must've bounced off and backwards to end up sitting at the verge side. I do have a bruise on my left thigh/ar5e cheek, so I assume that I fell on my back, so maybe the helmet did help with prevent head/tarmac contact?

Hopefully, I'll get to see the van drivers cam footage one day. Preferably in court when the scumbags getting sent down?
by BlackPanther
2 Jul 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.
Replies: 31
Views: 6384

My first major 'off'. Hit and run. Doncaster.

Well, it was a good run. 10 years of cycling 25-30 miles most days, and only a couple of spills, both when the tyres gave way, and both relatively minor......until yesterday.

On my way home I had my first collision with a car. I was cycling briskly, on the Giant Fastroad, 20mph+down the A19 out of Askern. Just approaching the Owsten junction, a tractor pulled across the road in front of me. He cut it a bit close, but I didn't have to do an emergency brake, I just slowed as he passed. However, a Ford Focus was waiting to turn right, and he did, and I went from 20-0 in 0.0 seconds, a classic T-bone crash. I remember the tractor, and I vaguely remember knowing I was going to hit the car. Next thing, I'm sitting on the edge of the road, with what looks like 2 bikes to my side. It was just the one though, with the front wheel and forks lying next to the rest of the bike.

It all got a bit blury, but there were 6 or 7 people around me trying to help. One chap got my phone out of my panniers so I could call the Missus, whilst someone else rang 999. Quite a bit of blood from my left knee which had a deep cut, either from going 'through' the bike, or from the wing mirror which came off the car as I hit it. I also had a throbbing right cheek bone where I'm assuming I face planted the roof (thank God I was wearing the helmet), an achey thigh and a back ache. The ambulance arrived (first I think) then the Police, then the Missus. So, I was strapped to a back board, and taken off to hospital. The ambulance ride I remember very little of.

Nearly 4 hours without being able to move your head is not something I'd ever want to repeat! However, after a Cat scan, X-ray, and around 12 stitches (3 inside and 8 or 9 outside,) at around 11 pm I was allowed to go home. If I was micturated off yesterday, then imagine my complete despair when I went to review my helmet camera footage this morning, only to discover that I'd failed to turn it on when I left work yesterday!!!!!!! Fudge!

Onto the darker side of the story. The Focus driver didn't stop, and just left me for dead. Plently of witnesses, and 2 (possibly 3) van drivers had dashcams. Also the wing mirror had some sort of serial number on it. Hopefully the police will be able to use the mirror id, retreive the dashcam footage and use to catch, prosecute, and lock up the driver, who I'm told had 3 mates in the car with him. Had he stopped, I'd have probably born him no ill will, but to leave someone like that.....scum.

So, I've booked the week off work, in at the docs next in a week to get the stitches out, and hopefully, I'll be back to fitness soon. I was very lucky to come away with such minor injuries, and I did hear one of the cars drivers saying something about being lucky to not have been killed by the Focus driver. So, the A19 out of Askern, around 16.15-16.45 was when it happened, so if anyone saw the accident or could be of use, please ring Doncasterb Police, and hopefully they'll catch them!

Many, many thanks to all those who stopped to help.

Carl.
by BlackPanther
16 May 2019, 5:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling on a fast dual carriageway.
Replies: 32
Views: 2252

Re: Cycling on a fast dual carriageway.

bogmyrtle wrote:Are you actually joining the traffic or are you staying on the inside?



Slip road, then no hard shoulder.
by BlackPanther
15 May 2019, 7:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling on a fast dual carriageway.
Replies: 32
Views: 2252

Cycling on a fast dual carriageway.

I took the long way home today. Bit of guesswork as I’ve recently swapped jobs. I found myself on an a road that came out onto the A1 dual carriageway. The stretch is only a couple of hundred yards long before my exit (Adwick) and as it’s downhill I was doing over 30mph. I joined at this speed with a nice gap, but got beeped from an Artic, and a car. I ride with bright rear lights and a high viz flag.

Hmmmmm, annoyed me a bit as I know it’s perfectly legal to do this (though I generally avoid these situations) and those beeping their horns are the ones in the wrong as I’m aware of their presence. Just wondered if anyone regularly travels on fast dual carriageways, and do they get the same treatment?
by BlackPanther
10 Mar 2019, 10:15pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Down, not yet out.
Replies: 13
Views: 4845

Re: Down, not yet out.

I’ve had 2 offs. One at 30mph on a Bacchetta Strada on a left hander. Result was little damage to the bike, but a heck of a bruise on my left hip. Too fast and a greasy road to blame....my fault.

2nd off was a walking speed front wheel washout on a slight left turn. Result, no damage to bike, but a horrific £1 size chunk of flesh off my left elbow, very painful, and took a couple of weeks to heal (should have gone to the hospital!)

What I learned was to go a bit slower, and ALWAYS were elbow pads.

Oh, and ride a trike instead! :wink:

You could have hit a patch of diesel, happens a lot on corners, or a single loose stone can cause mayhem at speed.
by BlackPanther
30 Dec 2018, 1:51pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: New ebiker reporting in.
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Re: New ebiker reporting in.

Ok until a couple of weeks ago when I started getting a creaking noise from the crank area. Looking online it looks like it could be the motor bolts need retorquing? I’m gonna get it into the dealers though as it’s only a few months old. Possible prob though is that I couldn’t register it on the UK Giant site as it wouldn’t accept the model number, but it would accept it on the U.S. site!?
by BlackPanther
28 Nov 2018, 9:05pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent. A gadget?
Replies: 14
Views: 5024

Re: Recumbent. A gadget?

piratepete wrote:Just rolling along on my trike and a roadie passes saying "a nice gadget!" before I could respond he had shot up the road. I regard my trike as transport. At what point is a bike/trike just a gadget or transport? Is your Recumbent a gadget?



You should’ve caught him up to continue the conversation. :wink:
by BlackPanther
12 Nov 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: New ebiker reporting in.
Replies: 6
Views: 821

New ebiker reporting in.

Hello! I’ve been on this forum for many years, posting mainly over on the ‘non standard human powered vehicles’ section as I’ve ridden recumbents 99% of the time on my commute. I still intend to do most of my commutes on the Catrike 700 trike, but yesterday I acquired a Giant Fastroad e bike. I’ve only done a quick run up and down the street, but I’ve spent the last couple of hours commuterificating it with a rack, lights, mirror etc etc. It’s done a few miles from new, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it copes with the 12.5 mike ride to work tomorrow. Tbh, I’ve neve really struggled with the commute, but having had a go on my mates Giant e+2, I thought I’d give it a whirl. I tend to ride to work steady to arrive sweat free, and ride home like a bat out of hell, so I’ll still put in the same effort, hopefully knock a bit of tome off, claim a few road bike scalps? and hopefully commute 100% of the time, instead of having the odd day off when I’m a bit sniffly, or when my knees aching.

However, the main reason I’ve bought it is to keep my interest up.

So hi to everyone who doesn’t know me, and I dare say I’ll be asking a few ebike related questions. Bring on tomorrow!

Cheers, Carl.
by BlackPanther
19 Sep 2018, 10:40pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Rear wheel tight fit. Panda motor +9 speed. ICE recumbent
Replies: 31
Views: 2970

Re: Rear wheel tight fit. Panda motor +9 speed. ICE recumbent

PAB855 wrote:The 20inch rear wheel with a Panda electric motor and 9 speed on my wìfe's ICE ADVENTURE recumbent trike is a very tight fit and needs to be carefully fitted in the frame by entering the drive side first. It goes in, but my concern is being in the middle of nowhere with a puncture in the rear tyre!
Yesterday it was taken out and put back, but in my garage, with a huge amount of effort and being able to have the rear of the trike jacked up on the outside of one leg of a trainer frame, which will not be coming on holiday with us!

Has anybody devised a gadget to make this easier e.g. a bracket to take the end of the spindle and rest against the rear of the dropout just to act like an extra pair of hands. If it could be screwed against the frame, could it slowly draw the spindle into the gap! Dream on?

Cheers


I’ve never had a rear puncture (Marathon plus’s) but when the time comes to change a tyre, I use my trusty piece of wood, propping up the rear frame which is just long enough to hold the rear wheel 6 inches off the ground. 2 pieces of cut down inner tube hold the front brakes on, and make the whole trike surprisingly stable. Before I came up with this simple setup I used to tip my trikes on their sides, but with this there’s no danger of scratches.
by BlackPanther
2 Sep 2018, 8:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trike wanted.
Replies: 9
Views: 1530

Re: Trike wanted.

[XAP]Bob wrote:Do you still have thebfibreglass seat I sent up?


Yes thanks. Back on a Catrike now, so it’s sitting In the garage. Gonna have a big sort out next time I’m off!!