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by wearwell
9 Dec 2016, 9:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Well yes. If noise is a cue to a possible hazard you need to be able to hear it, but this could be a trade-off against ear protection in a very noisy environment.
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 10:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

.. So the lack of hearing had very little effect on our safety...... ..... But the roads are an entirely different environment. The only serious threat to a cyclist's safety is other vehicles. Vehicles are also the only source of noise on a typical road. Hence the noise is closely associated with t...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 9:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Very odd all these doubters who think you don't need to hear what's going on around you. Try riding with ear plugs, on a busy road - you will soon get the idea. I have another question (which you will no doubt consider stupid): If you cannot (as you say and I agree) determine where a vehicle is from...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 8:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

How can the coroners comment be "fair" when there simply is no evidence to suggest hearing impairment or wearing earphones causes people on bikes to be distratced and/or induces them into making mistakes, there is no evidence to be able to make that speculation, it is a pure guess and a p...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 5:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

.......... Ahh yes, the problem of the Invisible Cyclists . I call rubbish on that one and to illustrate my point, someone else's vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8pX52v_yNA&index=68&list=LLxh0QwWxK6TvHL4CF7hf0Tg What is that supposed to show? He was clearly visible. The van driver was...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 4:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

wearing earphones will have this effect By extension, anything covering the ears will similarly reduce hearing. Should motorcycle helmets be banned? Should my wooly hat be banned? Radios in cars - particularly the ones where you can hear the booming bass from the other end of town - must reduce dri...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 12:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

... You said "in this case she was at risk wearing earphones". There seems no evidential basis for this, hence my remark that it's confirmation bias. Granted, to be strictly accurate I should have said "wearing earphones" instead of "listening to music".....) Anything ...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 11:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

.... All your statement says is that you don't really care what happened in this situation, you're going to use it as confirmation bias that listening to music must increase risk. You're just making assumptions. ..... If you bothered to read what I said you would see that I made no mention of liste...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 10:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Not if the surgeon needed to actually hear something as part of the procedure. You're doing what the media have been doing, and conflating the two issues of distraction and reduced auditory function. They are absolutely not the same thing . The coroner referred only to the former. For a cyclist, li...
by wearwell
8 Dec 2016, 4:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

If she had been merely deaf she would at least have not had the distraction of music. That begs the question of whether music is a distraction. Research found that surgeons who listened to self-selected music had better performance , which rather suggests that it can have quite the opposite effect....
by wearwell
7 Dec 2016, 8:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deaf cyclists
Replies: 16
Views: 2470

Deaf cyclists

As a somewhat deaf cyclist it occurs to me that it could be useful to have the words "DEAF CYCLIST" on my back. Or DEAF(ISH) CYCLIST.
Anybody any thoughts along those lines?

I have to take the hearing-aids out because of the traffic and wind noise, which can be seriously distracting
by wearwell
7 Dec 2016, 8:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12346

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Not blaming her at all but TBH it seems to me that cycling and wearing headphones is insane. If she had been merely deaf she would at least have not had the distraction of music. Deafness isn't seen as a handicap for drivers - but being distracted by mobile phones is rightly seen as criminal. Is lis...
by wearwell
2 Dec 2016, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: computer with auto stop/start switch offable
Replies: 12
Views: 1295

Re: computer with auto stop/start switch offable

2nd hand ebay Cateye Mity 8 (£7 inc post!) arrived.
Works well, good nick, seems to have all the same functions as the Enduro I lost, just a pointless redesign of the case. Fits the old bracket too, which saves a lot of fiddling about!
by wearwell
1 Dec 2016, 7:15pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 549
Views: 323954

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Problems with headset on my Spa Titanium Audax and was surprised to find sand-blasting sand lining the inside. It'd worked its way into the bottom bearing - which is why it stiffened up - actually quite dangerous! Ditto the BB shell but it's a sealed unit so not a prob - but shouldn't have been ther...
by wearwell
1 Dec 2016, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: computer with auto stop/start switch offable
Replies: 12
Views: 1295

Re: computer with auto stop/start switch offable

Spa and Edinburgh Cycles haven't got anything but Wiggle have http://www.wiggle.co.uk/cateye-micro-wireless/ at least says manual option in the spec. If not I'll send it back