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  • Megapocalypse 23 Apr 2013 10:24:15 5,370 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    Maybe you should have been looking more?
    Just because there's a green man there, doesn't mean its safe to cross.

    Don't get me wrong, I loathe that kind of cycling behavior, but pedestrians can be a real liability.
    Got to disagree with this. Yes you should still look before stepping out even if the man is green but these accidents are 100% the fault of the cyclist.
  • Psychotext 23 Apr 2013 10:24:41 53,915 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    http://distilleryimage2.s3.amazonaws.com/9664ea1ca9e811e2a8af22000a9f133c_7.jpg

    Was this him.
    I reckon it probably was, only wearing his angry (pedestrian smashing) face.

    Edited by Psychotext at 10:25:04 23-04-2013
  • elstoof 23 Apr 2013 10:25:59 6,925 posts
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    PUNY PEDESTRIAN
  • ZuluHero 23 Apr 2013 10:26:59 4,093 posts
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    KNEEL BEFORE ZOD?
  • Trafford 23 Apr 2013 10:29:20 5,714 posts
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    I'm not disputing who's to blame. It was just a comment on basic road safety.

    I'm that much of a stickler, I shoulder check even when manouvering around the supermarket.
  • ZuluHero 23 Apr 2013 10:32:48 4,093 posts
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    Sorry, it came across a bit like you were assuming I just stepped blindly out in the road. I know a lot of people do, but not me. I think this is partly why I am so annoyed, i was paying attention and still got smacked.

    Edited by ZuluHero at 10:33:34 23-04-2013
  • Psychotext 23 Apr 2013 10:49:43 53,915 posts
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    For future reference ZH, next time I wont miss.

    /serious stare
  • MikeP 23 Apr 2013 11:07:04 1,792 posts
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    Yeah, sorry about that. I'd been accelerating since I'd left the outskirts of Brussels, so I was going at quite a clip.

    Seriously though, cyclists who bust Red Lights and Zebra Crossings do my head in.

    Edited by MikeP at 11:07:30 23-04-2013

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  • Deleted user 23 April 2013 11:19:03
    Trafford wrote:
    I'm that much of a stickler, I shoulder check even when manouvering around the supermarket.
    Haha, me too! :-D
  • ZuluHero 23 Apr 2013 11:48:18 4,093 posts
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    It's OK, I've calmed down a lot now, just needed to vent a bit, thanks for listening guys :)
  • urban 23 Apr 2013 12:43:29 10,938 posts
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    @MikeP What about Pedestrian red lights when there are definitely no more pedestrians? Getting away slightly before the cars helps the traffic flow?
  • Deleted user 23 April 2013 13:14:52
    If you're a cyclist on the road you *are* traffic. As long as the UK continues to ask cars to share our roads we have to obey the rules that apply there too.
  • elstoof 23 Apr 2013 14:18:31 6,925 posts
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    Working on the guns helps traffic flow, accelerating like a sprinter from every light as it turns green is the only permissible option. Use those lights as a starter pistol for your explosive power intervals. And shave your legs, hippy.
  • urban 23 Apr 2013 14:40:36 10,938 posts
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    Can anyone from London suggest a good countryside/coastal jaunt? I was thinking about catching the train and getting out in the country air?
  • elstoof 23 Apr 2013 15:31:14 6,925 posts
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    Pretty much any direction you head on the way out of London leads to good cycling territory once you get past the M25. Pick a train station on the map at a distance you fancy and head towards it. Cambridge and Essex are good value, as is Surrey, Southend, Brighton, etc. then hop on the train home.
  • Salaman 23 Apr 2013 15:40:14 18,952 posts
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    Box hill is lovely and not too far away. :-)
  • urban 23 Apr 2013 15:54:08 10,938 posts
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    @elstoof southend...
  • elstoof 23 Apr 2013 16:05:55 6,925 posts
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    @urban it's a lovely ride until you get there.

    FNTtcC go there quite regularly, nice flat route along the estuary.
  • pistol 23 Apr 2013 16:10:24 13,019 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Box hill is lovely and not too far away. :-)
    My training ground every few months or so, but a lot of people don't like the hills..;-)
  • MikeP 23 Apr 2013 16:23:52 1,792 posts
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    Depends on the distances you like to cover, but you could get a train to the southerly edge of London then head for somewhere like Bexhill-on-Sea, Hastings, or Brighton.

    Riding up to Cambridge is another good option.

    I have a couple of routes I could share with you if you like?

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  • gang_of_bitches 23 Apr 2013 17:18:43 5,447 posts
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    urban wrote:
    Can anyone from London suggest a good countryside/coastal jaunt? I was thinking about catching the train and getting out in the country air?
    Lots of nice rides from SW London. As mentioned Box Hill and other surrounding areas are lovely as, if you pick the right route, is following the river to Windsor Park.

    I'm a member of Kingston Wheelers, though they actually operate from Surbiton, and if nothing else being a member of a club like this is a brilliant way of learning new routes.
  • Megapocalypse 23 Apr 2013 18:17:45 5,370 posts
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    I'd forgotten how great it was to get out of the city and away from pesky lights and traffic jams. Decided to extend my ride home into the countryside it was great not be stopping and starting all the time. Must do it more.

    Was also great when I flew up a hill that had previously beaten me when I last rode it a couple of years ago. :D

    'flew' may be exagerating, but I didn't stop! :p

    Edited by Megapocalypse at 18:18:41 23-04-2013
  • elstoof 23 Apr 2013 19:11:11 6,925 posts
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    Hot today. My 7am long sleeve jersey and base layer, full length tights combo was a bit excessive for my 4:30 return home so I've had my first shave of the season in anticipation of tomorrow.

    Could have filled a pillow.
  • Psychotext 23 Apr 2013 19:30:04 53,915 posts
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    Put it on your face, it's all the rage!
  • elstoof 23 Apr 2013 19:56:08 6,925 posts
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    Not sure I've got the room, my helmet is down low on the brow, the oversized Italian shades take up a fair chunk of facial real estate, any more stuff and I'll end up looking like a white Lightspeed Champion.
  • caligari 23 Apr 2013 20:30:31 17,016 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Yeah, sorry about that. I'd been accelerating since I'd left the outskirts of Brussels, so I was going at quite a clip.

    Seriously though, cyclists who bust Red Lights and Zebra Crossings do my head in.
    Totally agree - it gives all cyclists a bad name.

    I love the fact that the nice weather brings everyone out on their bikes - unfortunately you're going to see more 'dodgy' actions, due to the fact that a good chunk of these guys don't know/respect the rules of the road.
  • caligari 23 Apr 2013 20:35:21 17,016 posts
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    Unrelated to the post above - has anyone ever trouble with the 'brightness' of their lights?

    A guy in a van drove past me a few days ago, and shouted out "turn down your lights". Well - I think that's what he said. :s

    I have one of one of these on the bike - set to 'constant'.

    Edited by caligari at 20:35:49 23-04-2013
  • Megapocalypse 23 Apr 2013 20:39:24 5,370 posts
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    Nope. I'd be happy with that though, at least it shows they saw you.
  • elstoof 23 Apr 2013 21:06:30 6,925 posts
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    Haven't had any issues myself, but I suppose I get by with minimal lights for city riding. You don't need an awful lot more most of London. Keep them dipped slightly down as well to minimise dazzle. Perhaps it's the one on the bag that's the concern, it might be aiming right in the line of sight, plus the jiggling about of your bag while riding to compound it.

    One of the most amazing things I ever saw on a bike was this guy, black frame, black tights, black jacket, black helmet - one light on the back of his head and that's all. His head moving about made it bloody hard to guage any sort of distance when it move every time it blinked in and off. I thought I was in an alien abduction scenario to be honest.
  • caligari 23 Apr 2013 23:33:59 17,016 posts
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    True, the light on the bag probably is a little too high - I think I'll lose that one for the time-being and simply add another to my frame.
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