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by RichardPH
10 Jul 2012, 10:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling through Italian mountain tunnels
Replies: 44
Views: 23391

Re: Cycling through Italian mountain tunnels

I've just returned from a trip to Bormio doing support work for a short tour, the riders did the following passes, may be of interest to others planning to go to Italy. The Stelvio.. the tunnels on the south side of the pass all have at least some lighting and all but two are wide enough for two car...
by RichardPH
4 Jul 2012, 9:28am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Zooming down the inside
Replies: 17
Views: 3242

Re: Zooming down the inside

If I want to go past traffic, I generally prefer to overtake on the outside. There reasons for doing so are: -doors are less likely to open onto the 'traffic' side than the pavement side (say to let out a passenger who has reaslised that they can walk more quickly than the traffic is going). 8) Whi...
by RichardPH
4 Jul 2012, 6:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.
Replies: 286
Views: 21463

Re: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.

I don't consider myself a timid rider, but the speed of the OP's undertaking of the vehicles had me cringing, I'm quite sure Highway Code advice that you may pass queues on the inside did not mean at this differential speed. At most times he was riding above the speed of the traffic and should have ...
by RichardPH
2 Jul 2012, 11:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.
Replies: 60
Views: 8496

Re: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.

It is hardly surprising that motorists see cyclist as a pain in the neck. We, I use this term although I don't count myself in this, make things worse by using terms such as "pratnav", "vanity number plates" etc. which just serve to antagonise motorist and turn them against us c...
by RichardPH
1 Jul 2012, 1:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.
Replies: 60
Views: 8496

Re: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.

Are you seriously comparing assimilating the instructions from a satnav with piloting a fast jet in combat? :roll: Pity the pilot of a warplane who is surrounded by such devices. Split second decisions are the norm! Al If you read the whole post this is a reply to the above quoted post which raised...
by RichardPH
1 Jul 2012, 11:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.
Replies: 60
Views: 8496

Re: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.

Pity the pilot of a warplane who is surrounded by such devices. Split second decisions are the norm! Al They did!!!!! During the Vietnam War it was a known fact that pilots were being lost as they were being overloaded with information and missing important sign as such as warnings of enemy aircraf...
by RichardPH
30 Jun 2012, 9:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.
Replies: 60
Views: 8496

Re: SatNav affects drivers's ability - new research.

I never do any journey with 'new' bits in without the savnav, brilliant device, never had any near misses as a result of it. One criticism of the software in mine, it starts with what you need to do, then pauses and gives the distance to the need to do it. For example, "turn left..............i...
by RichardPH
30 Jun 2012, 5:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 2 night tour route advice Rugeley to Welshpool
Replies: 3
Views: 4468

Re: 2 night tour route advice Rugeley to Welshpool

I live in Shrewsbury... Must admit I never give the NCN signs more than a passing glance, preferring to find my own way, hence, slightly embarrassed to admit I'm not quite sure of the exact route it takes through my own town :oops: Judged from the words however it looks like the cyclepath you will u...
by RichardPH
27 Jun 2012, 7:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First post: GPS for long lone bike trips? Garmin Etrex-30?
Replies: 28
Views: 8173

Re: First post: GPS for long lone bike trips? Garmin Etrex-3

There are pro's and cons to both... The map Luddites will talk of a time a few years back when a bloke with a GPS led them up the garden path and they wasted literally minutes sorting out the right route. The GPS fraternity will talk of hours spent waiting for the man with the map to finally admit h...
by RichardPH
23 Jun 2012, 9:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Naughty tights? MAFIL alert?!
Replies: 31
Views: 6813

Re: Naughty tights? MAFIL alert?!

The wife of a fellow club member recently started cycling with our club. Her shorts are almost see-through as they aren't good quality and and she's been wearing them for spinning classes for a couple of years. Now, do I tell him and if so, how? Surprising hubby hasn't noticed her shorts himself, b...
by RichardPH
13 Jun 2012, 10:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why Won't Cyclists Take the Lane?
Replies: 31
Views: 6320

Re: Why Won't Cyclists Take the Lane?

It annoyed me that this was such a narrow article dressed up to be general advice. I'm guessing it's directed at urban riding only and this should be pointed somewhere on the page, preferably right at the top, but instead it appears nowhere. It also references a link to a book, seemingly to offer ad...
by RichardPH
16 May 2012, 6:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding Two Abreast.
Replies: 37
Views: 9637

Re: Riding Two Abreast.

I was assaulted on Sunday, and truly thought I was about to die. At crest of a hill before home, I was riding slowly and panting, in secondary position. Coming towards me was a 4x4 towing a horse box. He moved across the white line, heading straight for me. I thought I was going to die. He had his ...
by RichardPH
14 May 2012, 3:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: First Sportive - What to bring?
Replies: 14
Views: 4058

Re: First Sportive - What to bring?

I've done the Dragon Ride a couple of times, it was just a bike ride where somebody tells you at the end how long you took and you can show your 'verified' time on the ride website if there are any doubters. Just take what you would normally take for the weather on the day and carry it in whatever s...
by RichardPH
14 May 2012, 10:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Heaven forbid the kids should enjoy themselves...
Replies: 44
Views: 4720

Re: Heaven forbid the kids should enjoy themselves...

The trouble with kids on campsites is that they are mini-adults, they like challenges and you could equate the situation with riding along a long straight road or descending a tricky twisty hill, one is a bore, the other exciting and challenging. The kids often don't play in the middle of the field,...
by RichardPH
13 May 2012, 10:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding Two Abreast.
Replies: 37
Views: 9637

Re: Riding Two Abreast.

My 2p: Don't ride two abreast when there's anything behind you, ever. It's just antagonistic. We are usually slower than other vehicles - on fast roads or uphills sections, much slower. We must accept that drivers will want to overtake us at the first opportunity. By riding close to the kerb single...