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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:10 pm    Post subject: Another bloody cycling thread  Reply with quote

Part of my families recent relocation to the countryside in East Yorkshire was that my commute to work would mean me getting to the nearest train station three miles away. I thought Iíd get a bike. The last time I had one was the mid-nineties. Leeds has many recycling ,er, cycle shops which I wanted to use but with the rush, knackers, and general faffery of moving home I went for the Halfords option as a quick fix. I got a Carrera Crossfire 1# Hybrid (I think the name conjures up a certain panache and vim that totally sums up its new rider). At forty one I was wondering if Iíd be up to getting fit again but I took to the seven miles round trip everyday like Sheeps takes to a pint! Loving being on a bike again. I donít think Iíd take my chances on the busy roads where I used to live in Leeds but where I am now there are hardly any cars and everyone (cyclists and motorists) seem to be respectful to each other. Iím even jumping on my bike to go for a haircut in the village FFS. Some great biking roads around me as well. Iíve found getting back on a bike empowering and very enjoyable. Only been biking about ten days and aching a bit ní that but Iím sure (hoping like fuck) that it will pass.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a decent MTB starter a couple of years ago from Halfords - a Voodoo Hoodoo. Got a really good review for a sub £500 bike and I love it. Went arse over tit on my maiden voyage much to the amusement of my son but I can't believe the difference you notice compared to a cheap and cheerful bike.

Did get a problem with it whereby the chain would jump when peddling in certain gears. Took it to a local bike shop for a service and ended up having to have a new 9th gear rear cassette and chain. Apparently the chain was not the one that the bike should have come with. Cost a bob or two to fix but its back on the dirt tracks again now. Like to take the dog out and do a route around the hills to the back of us and then down along the canal.

I looked at a very similar bike that you went for when I was looking. Went for the Voodoo Hoodoo though (it was in the sale but was twice the price of the Carrera) because of rave reviews. The disc brakes on it are awesome. They make a massive difference. I love riding through deep puddles and streams and even when you are clagged up with mud discs stop you dead. I also like going down very steep dirt tracks (without a helmet) so you have to feel confident with your brakes.

I could get 75% of the way to work (Woodlesford to Harehills) off road via the canal but I don't Trust fellow road users at all so haven't bothered.

Talking of helmets I wonder how most are us are here to tell the tale seeing as there were no such things when we were teenage dare devils doing wheelies down main roads and generally having no sense of fear.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Dad ruined his life because he didn't wear a helmet, so if any of you cyclists are thinking of not wearing one, please don't be a twat, wear one

This was a Public Service Announcement courtesy of Cranium.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier this year the Tour de Yorkshire came through Otley, the climb up the Chevin being one of the King of the Mountain stages.

People were given the opportunity to ride all or parts of the route prior to the race. I don't know why, but I think some of the stages were ridden in the opposite direction, though riding down the Chevin is certainly a lot easier than riding up it.

On the morning of the race, I was taking the dogs out for their morning constitutionals, and as we were walking down the Chevin, we found the road closed to traffic and a large police presence. Stationary in the middle of the road was a small van - with a body-shaped tube in the windscreen and bike wreckage on the pavement. Behind the front seats was a cage-type structure, which the cyclist must have hit head-on.

However, the chap, while badly injured, survived.

I never used to wear a helmet when cycling.

I do now.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done sir.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always wear a helmet. The bike was nearly £300 so an extra £30 for a helmet is a no brainer really.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The choices you get and the type of bikes available these days is incredible (voodoo hoodoo indeed, I can just imagine Tommy Simpson and the likes asking for one called that). What you get for your money even more so.

Yours (Dock's) looks a sound town bike, ideal for what looks like your usual riding. Unless you're a pro or a very serious tourer for most of us its 80 % man 20 % bike. If you can afford to spoil yourself with a lightweight state of the art bike brilliant, one day i will but no one  has to these days.

I've seen riders in Leeds center and they leave me aghast sometime but i think as long as you do the right things and don't take liberties all but a very few drivers will be respectful.

Bang on about the empowerment, to me that is a major part of cycling. Took me about five years to get used to wearing a helmet. Still dont like it tbh but never without one now.

Sounds ace round your new territory by the way Dock. Can't wait for the house warming piss up. Every new house needs a layer of ale on the carpets, piss on the garden and round rings on the furniture and i think we are the right lads for the job.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Round rings on the furniture? This might be my sort of party.

I used to do my paper round on a bike until I realised how much more annoying for everyone it was when I used my skateboard instead.

Just bought a "new" inner tube thing that is supposedly filled with slime to prevent/lessen the effect of punctures.

This cat is a little skeptical, but we shall see, eh?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seieng as I do cycle a bit I've always tried to be courteous and undersstanding when I'm out in teh car and come across cyclists.

But the ones that get my goat are the small packs of riders who think that they are in the tour de france. Look you wankers the highway code says single file mate (or at least it did in my day). Not 3 or 4 abreast on some single track 60mph road where overtaking is nigh on impossible.

That and the ones that decide to taht if the lighst are at red then carry on preferably via the pavement.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still wince now when I think about riding through Leeds and then Birmingham without a helmet. Sometimes when I was a bit squiffy and without any of this new-fangled hi viz stuff.

Find it unbelievable that CTC, the organisation that is supposed to represent cyclists is anti-helmet.

I've got two bikes - a Giant Boulder MTB and Giant Defy road bike.

Since I took VR I've worked one day a week at a place where they - er - recycle cycles. Most are from the tip or donations. Takes about half a day to refurbish most of them and we sell them on for about £40-50. Can't turn them round fast enough at the moment.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do not think I would care to cycle on main roads any more to be honest. Theres too many white van men and company car owners under pressure to get from A to B to care about fellow road users especially bikers.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fartcatcher wrote:


Find it unbelievable that CTC, the organisation that is supposed to represent cyclists is anti-helmet.



Not Anti FC but sceptical about the effectiveness and the overall disouragement of new cyclist or actual riding of bikes if they became compulsory

Full policy statement here

http://www.ctc.org.uk/campaigning/views-and-briefings/cycle-helmets
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't something to do about false confidence. Wear a helmet and you subconciously don't do the natural thing if hit and could potentially make the impact worse.

If I was cycling regularly on the roads I would seriously consider a helmet. Off road (which is possibly just as bad, nahhhhhh). I've learnt not to push things to the limits nowadays
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a bit of a debate with the 'helmets are for jessies' gang on one of their forums.

Essentially their argument (which may not be the official CTC line) was that if you wear a helmet, then non cyclists may be put off because they think it is a dangerous pastime. Continuing the argument, these people will then die early through lack of exercise and it's all your fault.

I just think that if they made a clear pro-helmet statement, then they could avoid †continually getting sidetracked by the debate on how much protection they provide, and as a result be a more effective lobbying organisation.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's actually a debate about wearing a helmet when cycling?  Arseholes, denate that you fecking pricks
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frazier Cranium wrote:
There's actually a debate about wearing a helmet when cycling? †Arseholes, denate that you fecking pricks


With you on this Codge. I don't see why anybody wouldn't wear one. They are lightweight, relatively cheap, and provide you with an element of safety. Even as a relatively new cyclist it's just second nature for me now to reach for it when I go in the garage before I get on my bike.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the pro-cyclists have to wear one then what are the (stereotyping alert) overweight shouldneverwearlycraorcyclingclothes lardoes fratching about?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I  like not wearing a helmet but there's no sane argument for not wearing one. I always wear one these days.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cycling is very popular where Iím living now and apart from a few steep climbs into the Yorkshire Wolds the roads are very flat. I enjoy the fact that my fellow cyclists nod or cast a ďMorniníĒ in my direction but one thing I have noticed (and I may have this totally wrong) is that some of the lads who take it deadly seriously and have the really good bikes and all the ĎTeam Skyí clothing etc. donít seem to engage as much as the happy-go-lucky cyclists. I get a sense of them looking down their Oakleys at us lesser mortals. I Might be wrong like.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same over here. Pay 'em no mind. If Sky was going to sign them up it would have happened by now.

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