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by hatless
8 Aug 2020, 10:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road position discussion from 'Witness or victim' thread
Replies: 123
Views: 1517

Re: Road position discussion from 'Witness or victim' thread

An interesting thread. When I returned to regular cycling I had many scary incidents. Over the years they have reduced in frequency, and I think the reason is mainly due to me being more prepared to ride further out. I think OP got it about right. A slightly wider road and I would ride secondary, bu...
by hatless
25 Apr 2020, 11:02am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Superb interview by Chris Boardman on BBC Breakfast
Replies: 59
Views: 2395

Re: Superb interview by Chris Boardman on BBC Breakfast

Most people here will know about the https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Eddington#Eddington_number_for_cycling Eddington number. Eddington was apparently proud of his own number of 84 miles, achieved in pre-War Cambridgeshire. He was a very keen cyclist with time for days out, but probably cycle...
by hatless
2 Apr 2020, 11:28am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Cycling Safety
Replies: 46
Views: 1907

Re: Road Cycling Safety

I got nearly through the questionnaire, then decided to scrap my response. I found myself answering many questions about possible faults in my cycling leading to near misses or having to brake abruptly, but no suggestion that other drivers might be doing things leading to these same events. For exam...
by hatless
17 Sep 2019, 7:58am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Over one-fifth of injured US adult cyclists were not wearing a helmet
Replies: 10
Views: 935

Re: Over one-fifth of injured US adult cyclists were not wearing a helmet

Doesn't the obsession with 'race' seem bizarre! I suppose that in some branches of medicine they are finding distributions of illnesses that reflect global genetic variation, but would they really expect it to be relevant in head injuries?
by hatless
24 Jul 2018, 7:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle transport: train, car, bus..?
Replies: 28
Views: 1193

Re: Cycle transport: train, car, bus..?

I ride a Brompton, so train travel is quite easy. I put it in the boot of the car when I’ve met my wife somewhere and we’re coming home together, but train and bike journeys are quite common and often involve several trains. My shoulder aches after carrying it up and down lots of railway steps, thou...
by hatless
26 Sep 2017, 1:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Motorists Sense of Entitlement
Replies: 13
Views: 1492

Re: Motorists Sense of Entitlement

Driving in the rush hour traffic this morning it occurred to me that it has a similar feel to queueing and jostling on foot, to leave a train or get through the barriers in the underground. Vehicles change lanes, accelerate, drive close behind the car in front, and though there is no contact (usuall...
by hatless
11 Sep 2017, 11:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: How to open a car door
Replies: 34
Views: 2130

Re: How to open a car door

Five people cycling, and three people not cycling were killed between 2011 and 2015 (is that five years or three?) That's a very low figure. However 3108 people seriously injured is a high figure, and the ratio of killed to seriously injured is surprising. According to RoSPA in 2015 100 people were ...
by hatless
31 Aug 2017, 6:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?
Replies: 60
Views: 4766

Re: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?

Yes, and I think it is indeed the roads that are the problem. The close passes and conflicts I experience are in particular places. An A road heading out of town has two lanes each way. If I take the left hand lane at busy times I will annoy drivers. If I don't - close passes. A straight road with c...
by hatless
24 Aug 2017, 9:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why no enclosed bicycles?
Replies: 23
Views: 2794

Re: Why no enclosed bicycles?

A cape, but no mudguards???
by hatless
10 Jun 2017, 11:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bright front lights - should they include "dipped beam" ?
Replies: 50
Views: 3565

Re: Bright front lights - should they include "dipped beam" ?

Thanks. Google seemed sure it was Docklands Light Railway! Super bright lights I've looked at have a small, yellow, square thing that produces the light - is it an LED, or array of them? Is it feasible to make a hood for a light, like the peak of a baseball cap, to shade the edges of light? Would it...
by hatless
10 Jun 2017, 7:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bright front lights - should they include "dipped beam" ?
Replies: 50
Views: 3565

Re: Bright front lights - should they include "dipped beam" ?

[XAP]Bob wrote:Personally I find most DLRs on cars to be even worse than the worst cycle lights...

What are DLRs?
by hatless
30 Mar 2017, 11:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Audi cutting up cyclist with left turn
Replies: 13
Views: 1337

Re: Audi cutting up cyclist with left turn

You did take the lane! The car just moved slowly across and you had no choice but to give way, and eventually to slow and drop behind. But cars do this all the time, to other cars as well as bikes, whenever lanes merge or if they find themselves in the wrong lane. It's frustrating to drivers as well...
by hatless
27 Mar 2017, 11:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: the humble brommie
Replies: 18
Views: 1375

Re: the humble brommie

There is pleasure in the click when the handlebars swing down and lock, pleasure in flicking the rear wheel into place and suddenly you have a bike, pleasure in putting it into the cupboard where it lives, and pleasure in its ability to stand up when half folded. I forgive the less satisfying slidin...
by hatless
17 Nov 2016, 7:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wife knocked off - driver fails to stop
Replies: 30
Views: 5035

Re: Wife knocked off - driver fails to stop

The utility cyclist wrote:I suppose those of us whom fight for the right to remain hatless do feel ghettoised :x

Couldn't agree more.
by hatless
10 Sep 2016, 9:02am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: The helmet section?
Replies: 586
Views: 22024

Re: The helmet section?

I suppose that's largely a self-protective attempt to justify bad driving and shift blame, but within it is a kernel of superstitious thinking, that the fault of not wearing a helmet contributed to the accident. The cyclist was (allegedly) reckless in one sense, why not all senses?