I don’t use a bell, I just don’t like the way they look on the bike and find them to be impersonal and demanding to people. I do ride cycle paths, often busy ones. But I prefer the verbal “Excuse me, coming past on your right/left” I find more people just step to the side with a thank you as I pass. Whereas with a bell, they stop dead and turn around to look.
Occasionally I get “you need a bell” or some other banal comment as I pass.
However, now I’m getting annoyed with people, I have bought a “Knog Oi” bell. Which is the only answer to not having an ugly dum bell on the bars, the Knog basically hides it self away, to be used as and when required. Its the best solution I can find.
It’s that time if year again. Time to dig out the lights, although some say you should always run lights. And there has been times I’ve not noticed a cyclist due to having a backdrop of dark.. Or dappled light.
So you get your lights out the cupboard, find a charging lead and hope their still holding a charge. Mine where, but the volt 300 just dos’nt really cut it for me now. I’ve got a Garmin varia system as well, but tend not to use it since switching over to the wahoo elemnt.
So off to buy a new front light. But as is always the case with me, I came back with two. I stayed with cateye, and decided on VOLT 800 for my main light, which I rely on too see, and a swanky set of See.Sense icon+ lights for my too be seen lights.
One thing I really like about the volt is a double click no longer sets the light to epileptic inducing strobe, instead it switches the output to high mode. This is much more sensible. The high mode is great for the unlit cycle paths, even the medium setting of 400 lumens will do on them, but it’s good to have the 800 lumens setting to fall back on.
These see.sense lights are something special, they have a certain level of intelligence being able to sense light and motion. So brighten in dark areas or car headlights, junctions and slowing down. They are my permanent lights, now the days are shorter and more gloomy. They pack one hell of a punch in the output. Some might say they are stupidly bright, but brighter the better too be seen in the day light.
My lighting system now features two front lights, a flashing light and a solid on the front, and a flashing and solid light on the back.
I like to think I’m a considurate cyclist. I slow down on shared use paths, I say hello and thank you.
But one thing that boils my piss is joggers wearing earphones in the middle of the sodding path.
If your going to wear earphones, stay to the side, or listen at a volume that still lets your hear when someone is shouting excuse me behind you.
On today’s ride, I shouted several times, with no response. It wasn’t until I Litterally shouted “on your right” and the jogger finally got the message. Albeit with a hell of a fright.
I don’t want to be rude, I don’t like being rude. But please considure others when your jogging along in your own little world.
On my recent rides, I’ve been suffering with a bad lower back. It tends to come on gradually after 10-12 miles. I tried everything from seatpost, seat height and angle to stem and handlebars. Nothing helped.
But recently I bought a new pair of shoes. A rather punchy pair of Sidi Kaos.
And what you know, backpain gone. Not even a twinge. To make really sure, the next ride I did in my old shoes and the backpain was back in an instant.
I’m not sure exactly what the issue was, but different shoes cured it.
I tried a few different shoes before the sidi, but all just didn’t work for me.
Fizik R5b had the cleat mounts really, and I mean stupidly forward. There was just no way I could get the cleats central.
Giro shoes I tried, but they where all incredibly narrow.
The Sidi are snug, but very very comfortable for me. Initially I had pain in my right-foot due to foot roll. However fitting superfeet black and two specialized wedges sorted that out. So generally very happy with the Sidi just got to get a long ride into them yet, they’ve only done 40 miles so far.
I’m an avid user of speedplay. However, I’m now Considuring going back to SPD-SL because they have discontinued the origional zero cleat and only now supplying the walkable cleat. And I hate that cleat.
While the new walkable cleats do solve many of the issues reported with the origional cleats, they bring their own drawbacks. All of which I despise.
I’ll stick with speedplay for awhile longer, see how it goes but I might have to start practicing the old poke and clip.. 🙂
So, I was looking through Twitter, and Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) had posted a tweet from a Greater Manchester Police Account.
It was a reply for a video they had posted, of a cyclist with no lights riding down the road. They wanted to stop and have a chat with him, however they didn’t get the chance.
The tweet basically advocated “Giving him a nudge”. So in short, knocking him off the bike. What was truly shocking, the account that posted the reply was a IAM registered driver, and a vehicle inspector for the Police! As it Turns out, the poster of the video via the GM Police account, was actually Stephen B himself. In other tweets, he clearly displays a bias against cyclists. If he has this attitude, and mindset, he has no place to Police the roads.