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by recumbentpanda
12 Feb 2020, 8:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 776
Views: 20782

Re: Why wear black?

I think it’s high time somebody answered the OP’s question, so, Why Wear Black? I’m in mourning for deceased cyclists. I’m feeling goth-y. I am Dracula. It’s been snowing and I want to be hi-vis. It suits my complexion. It sheds heat better in hot weather (see Mediterranean and Arabic Old Ladies for...
by recumbentpanda
8 Feb 2020, 9:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Sicily- Advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Cycling in Sicily- Advice please

My experience is limited to a week long tour of south eastern Sicily. I did not find wind to be an issue, but heat certainly was. This was in September. Our very good hybrid hire bikes came with two water bottle cages, but after the first day I insisted we put two litre bottles each in the panniers....
by recumbentpanda
3 Feb 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1382

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

For the OP, you had already slowed, IMO there was little point you indicating at that juncture if you had already taken account for the pedestrians potential actions, unless you asked them you might not know if your hand signal actually was seen or taken as anything at all. They clearly did see the...
by recumbentpanda
3 Feb 2020, 9:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1382

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

flat tyre wrote:Sometimes I wonder if sticking my right arm out to turn right means "please overtake" to motorists approaching from behind.


-Yep! That’s the one that really worries me!
by recumbentpanda
2 Feb 2020, 4:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1382

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

Were you on a recumbent? Of course! Perhaps people get distracted looking at the cycle and not the cyclist? Clearly not in the first instance, since they clearly saw the signal because they reacted to it -just in the wrong way. I know recumbents mess with some people’s heads but . . . :? The real i...
by recumbentpanda
2 Feb 2020, 9:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1382

A worrying thought about hand signals

A little while ago I found myself approaching a group of pedestrians at a point on a former railway cycle path where there was a junction. The group were spread over the road in the mouth to the junction, so as I slowed, I indicated right. Instead of understanding the signal as applying to me and my...
by recumbentpanda
19 Jan 2020, 6:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: BLACK ICE & How to stay safe road riding in winter.
Replies: 84
Views: 2934

Re: BLACK ICE & How to stay safe road riding in winter.

Recumbent. You still fall off, but you don’t have nearly so far to fall! :lol: A year or two ago, I hit black ice on a double bend and went down. Got up and carried on without even superficial injury to self or bike. Worried at the slightest quiver of the bike for the next ten miles. Passed the same...
by recumbentpanda
7 Jan 2020, 3:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 64
Views: 2770

Re: Crank length

Remember the other two levers. A couple of mm off the crank can change the leg angles significantly enough to matter, especially over time/distance.
by recumbentpanda
7 Jan 2020, 9:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Quadracycles?
Replies: 23
Views: 880

Re: Quadracycles?

Quattrovelo. Just sayin. :twisted:
by recumbentpanda
6 Jan 2020, 4:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 64
Views: 2770

Re: Crank length

Here in Recumbentworld many of us use short cranks. The objection of ‘reduced leverage’ is perfectly correct -except that at least two other levers are involved in the system: the upper and lower leg. Those of us recumbenteers who use short cranks generally do so because it puts the ‘human levers’ i...
by recumbentpanda
12 Dec 2019, 3:26pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Flu Jab - side effects?
Replies: 133
Views: 5542

Re: Flu Jab - side effects?

Reactions can vary depending on the strains and the individual, from zilch to what I like to call ‘the ghost of flu’. Still a damn sight better than the real thing. The last bad one I had enabled me to get through an 85 episode historical costume drama in a foreign language with no subtitles, while ...
by recumbentpanda
21 Nov 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Nazca Gaucho 28
Replies: 6
Views: 738

Re: Nazca Gaucho 28

I would be really interested to hear what the difference in riding experience is -although it would take a lot to persuade me off my Fuego! :)
by recumbentpanda
8 Nov 2019, 10:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Kennet and Avon with child
Replies: 27
Views: 1089

Re: Kennet and Avon with child

Be advised that the towpath from Bradford on Avon eastwards is narrow and often bumpy to very bumpy! Big tyres & suspension recommended. . .
by recumbentpanda
7 Nov 2019, 7:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 47
Views: 2249

Re: Cycle space on trains

On a recent tour, I was pushing the bike up a miserable steep hill in the p*ssing rain when I saw a webbing strap with a loop on the end lying by the side of the road. While one half of my brain asked in disbelief ‘what are you doing that for?’ The other half made me pick it up and tuck it into the ...
by recumbentpanda
11 Oct 2019, 12:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: One solution to tailgating?
Replies: 138
Views: 44139

Re: One solution to tailgating?

A good solution to tailgating was one I saw one chilly morning on Chiswick High Street. A Foden steam wagon with the safety valve just lifting. Any car driver getting too close found themselves enveloped in their own small private world of thick fog! Perhaps turbo-charged vape machines could be deve...