The Cycling Chat Thread

Discussion in 'transport' started by ChrisFilter, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Pretty much everyone in London is pushing at the limits all the time - so plenty of cyclists take the piss, pedestrians routinely take chances, car drivers accelerate for amber and jump reds. It's a great energetic city and I love it but there are big downsides.
     
  2. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    It's just awful. Why the fuck are you all in such a rush? :D
     
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  3. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Oh, and in the 8 minute walk from hotel to venue this morning I counted 9 illegal fixies with no front brake. What the fuck is wrong with these idiots?
     
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  4. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    God knows. It took having kids to slow me down - I realised that waiting for the green man wasn't so bad after all.
     
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  5. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Hello thread.

    So, werv (almost 9) cycles to school and back by himself. Half term starts tomorrow and the clocks will go back, it's already pretty dark tbh and I'm thinking that he needs to be more visible.

    He's got lights for his bike, we own tabards etc, I'm just thinking that he's going to have to remember to put it on and find somewhere to put it during the day.

    When I was a kid we had snap on reflective strips... Has technology moved on?
     
  6. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Helmet light maybe?
     
  7. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    Liberty has these plus new (very) bright lights.
     
  8. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Like a head torch? I was wondering about super reflective stickers for his helmet
     
  9. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Does she leave them on her coat? Or take them off when she gets to school?

    I can see anything he has to take off lasting ten minutes before he loses it.
     
  10. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Kinda. You can get ones that attach to the top of the helmet with one white light pointing forward and a red one going backwards.
     
  11. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    She takes them off - they make a satisfying slapping noise when she puts them back on that she really likes, so she's very careful to put them in her bag.
     
  12. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    Look on fleabay for SOLAS reflective tape. It's astonishingly effective and shows up as a very bright white or red light.

    SOLAS are the standards governed by the international maritime organisation regarding the saving of life at sea equipment. It's designed to make a lifejacket visible from an aircraft over the Atlantic at 3am in shit weather. It's bright as fuck...

    Put a couple of red strips on the rear forks, with white on the front forks and mid frame. Put a few dots on the helmet and on the backpack as well.
     
  13. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    You can also get some simple reflective tubes for spokes, I think Aldi usually sell them, they are surprisingly effective for increasing side visibility.

    You can probably pickup some reflective slapwraps for free if you can find any kind of bike related promotional event (do a search for Dr Bike or #drbike in your area is probably your best bet, or police doing cycle security marking). They are often used as promotional giveaways.
     
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  14. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    I actually own a few metres, I did his scooter and a few other things a while ago. That's what I was going to make the stickers out of.
     
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  15. wiskey

    wiskey Albatross Admirer

    Not come across them, cheers
    good idea!
     
  16. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    Interesting ride home tonight. Got knocked off by a car. Bruised and a couple of scrapes but otherwise ok. Could have been worse. My leg really hurts, some grazes. :(

    Riding along, junction coming up to the left, I slow down as there are cars approaching but the car at the front stops at the junction.

    I'm actually in front of the car and the driver goes - she can't have seen me at all despite hi viz jacket blinding flashing light with side visibility too.

    She was very apologetic and upset, the guy behind saw me fine and couldn't believe what had happened. I have her number for I dunno costs or something (what do you even do in this situation?), phone screen is cracked, bike seems ok, leg is really sore.

    Driver gave me a lift home in the end which was nice. I'd have preferred not to have been knocked off in the first place though. :facepalm:
     
  17. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    :( Hope you heal quickly.

    In terms of what you do, you need to take your bike to a shop and have it serviced to check there's no damage, especially to the frame. Call her before getting any major work done. She should be paying for anything that needs fixing, including your phone. Up to her if she wants to go through insurance or not. If it's just £30 for the service plus whatever for the phone screen it'll probably be less than her excess, but if she's cracked the frame it'll be hundreds and she might prefer to claim.
    If for some reason you need a solicitor, Levene's have a cycle injury/accident specialist based on Birmingham that has been recommended before (I've never had the need so no personal experience with them)
     
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  18. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    Thank you for the advice. Bike seems ok, but it's being checked over at the local shop.
     
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  19. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

  20. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  21. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

  22. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  23. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    Minor damage to the bike - new seat as old one was bent and wheel slightly buckled. Phone was, as expected, the most expensive thing broken. Texted her the figures. No response so far. :(
     
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  24. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    Hopefully she will pay up without argument. Good luck, hope you are on the mend.
     
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  25. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    What are they trying prove?

    "I'd like to be at the velodrome but I'm not" is that it??
     
  26. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    I just ordered a Castelli Perfetto jacket. It's expensive, but they're supposed to be the bee's knees at keeping the wind out, you warm, and somewhat (as long as it isn't raining too much) dry. It's not fully waterproof (only water resistant), but that means it's very breathable. Up until now I've been using a fully waterproof jacked to keep the cold wind out, but of course that is not really that breathable at all (even if it does have vents) - it's also very flappy too. Apparently it's the choice of a lot of the pro peleton, even if they aren't actually sponsored by Castelli.

    I managed to get it for (almost) half price too! I originally ordered the standard version, but straight after I had a look around and found the convertible version (you can can take the sleeves off) for even less (from another vendor), even though it's usually a lot more expensive, so I cancelled the first order and ordered that.
     
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  27. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    Came today. Seems very nice. It's tight (as I was expecting); I'm just trying to work out if this size is TOO tight.
     
  28. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Shared the lift up from the Woolwich foot tunnel with an electric Brompton today. Looked to be some kind of home-made job, with the motor on the front wheel hub and lots of gaffa tape holding a battery on the frame. Assume this isn't anything like the production one weepiper has encountered?
     
  29. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Just watched Critical Mass go past outside the flat, hundreds of riders, a few with with sound systems, weird and wonderful bikes, a few skaters and a long boarder. Always forget it goes on here.
     
  30. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    Nope - the motor is on the front wheel but the battery sits in a dedicated bag that clicks onto the front carrier block. That does sound like a homemade job.
     

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