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The_Seldom_Killer

Member since Jul 2008 • Last active Dec 2017

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  • in Wanted Adverts
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    I'm looking to get some clip on TT bars, or TT bars with an integrated stem.

    Must fit 31.8 width handlebars.

    Must be willing to post to Sheffield.

    Let me know if you have anything an your price including postage and packaging.

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    You can use studies for and against so take it all with a pinch of salt I guess. David Wilson’s seminal work Bicycling Science demonstrate that a deceleration of 0.5g is the maximum that a seated rider can risk before he goes over the handlebars. Wilson’s calculated 0.5g yields 6.5 metres with the front brake and 12 metres without it at 20mph. The highway code only demands a 12 meter stopping distance for cars going at 20mph.

    But in situations where sudden braking is implemented braking consistently goes past the safe threshold of 0.5g and poses a serious danger to the cyclist of falling forwards off the bike.

    First thing, the highway code doesn't "demand" any stopping distance. I advises readers on safe minimum stopping distance in order to encourage best practice in deceleration and stopping their vehicle.

    Secondly, just calling something "seminal" doesn't make it the best source of information on the subject.

    Here's something, which I concede is anecdotal, but I think bears some relevance. I was out cycling yesterday and at one point I was descending a long steep hill Roadsigns suggest a gradient of 13%. My Garmin put my speed at around 40mph. A car pulls out of a junction into the road ahead of me. To avoid hitting the car, I brake as hard as I can. Not just brake hard but physically cannot put anymore effort into the brake levers. The deceleration is distinct and palpable and I've very quickly slowed to less than 10mph.

    Whilst this all happened very quickly and in a state of panic, there is one thing that I remember clearly. During these moments of hard braking, on a gradient that already reduces my centre of gravity, not once does my rear wheel leave the ground. It did lock up at the end but it didn't leave the ground.

    So either that 0.5g doesn't carry the implied level of risk of going of going over the handlebars or the consistency and/or frequency of achieving that level of g is not as high as implied. Because of all of the hard braking that I've ever had to do, yesterday's instance is certainly one of the hardest. In fact in best memory, all of the times when my rear wheel has left the ground unintentionally, it's been because I have compromised the centre of gravity of myself and the bike through poor riding technique.

    And again, anecdotally, your fear of flying over the handlebars from heavy braking is largely unfounded on the grounds that this is a notably rare event on the road.

    As for the consequences of riding brakeless. Well, aside from an increased risk to public safety, you risk a criminal conviction. Sure you may just get a spot fine. However, an accumulation of these may result in an additional charges being pursued against you as failure to rectify an illegal absence of a second braking mechanism could be seen to constituted continuation of offence. Alternatively, in the first instance, the officer and force may decide your actions merit action more serious than a spot fine and you may be charged with an offence resulting in a criminal conviction. That in turn could have an impact on your future employment prospects, access to credit and financial services and many other things besides. Not only that but, should you be involved in a collision then you are making yourself vulnerable to civil litigation regardless of whether you would otherwise have been considered at fault. Any insurance that you do hold to protect you against this may be considered invalid for failure to observe the law regarding the the roadworthiness of your bicycle.

    My advice, go ahead and ride brakeless. It's always really funny to watch someone's life get fucked up because of their own actions. These are hard times, the more lols the better.

  • in Rides & Races
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    If its just Nice you're trying to avoid then you could just turn down the hill at St Agnes to get to Menton and along the coast to Ventimiglia to get the train back to Turin.

    Would a loop from Turin get you onto the via delle Sale or the Fort de la Forca? It'd be a shame to miss them out.

  • in Jobs
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    Not really too sure at the moment. Part of making space for volunteering is to find out what sort of work I might have an aptitude for. I've managed to get on to a taster dry stone walling course in a couple of weeks because that really attracts me. If I'm any good at it I'll see about doing a certificated course and see if anyone is willing to take on a middle-aged apprentice/assistant.

    There probably going to be quite a bit of stuff like this, working out what I can do and trying to find a way to get paid to do it.

    One of the hard bits is going to be finding work that allows me the time to work out what I'm going to do. Worst case scenario though is I'll sign up to Deliveroo or Ubereats. For all its downsides, the burgeoning gig economy might be something I can work to my advantage.

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    Way ahead of you there. Been keeping my eye on that site for a while. Not much comes up in the Yorkshire area though.

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    Local countryside which does include The Peak District but could be outside of that too.

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    I've just handed in my notice on my office job. It's not what anyone would describe as "professional life", I've just been grinding out low level office and customer service jobs. I have tried to progress occasionally but it's never really come to anything and I've spent the past few years getting fed up of essentially doing the same stuff over and over. Increasing pressure on the public sector has just meant more stress, being pushed to do more and turn in longer hours for no more reward. To be honest, it's not the stress or reward that are the issues for me. However, losing time means not being able to spend the time doing stuff I enjoy or training for that stuff. It's just not how I want to live anymore and, despite valuing public service highly, I've lost my passion for doing it. I've definitely lost my passion for sitting in a dingy office, staring at a wall and shuffling information around in endless circles.

    I don't really know what I'm going to do next. One of the problems of doing the same thing for 20+ years is that when you try applying to do something different, no one really wants to take you seriously. I guess I can understand that. Why risk a lack of capability and competence when even a bit of experience and the energy of youth is readily available without a 4 week notice period. I've decided that it's going to be either conservation based work or food production. There are volunteering opportunities out there where I can get experience and show commitment but mostly they occur during office hours.

    So that's the plan really. Quit job. Get some work that will free up some weekdays to get some experience, get into doing something that doesn't involve sitting in an office day in, day out and hopefully will be able to get some enjoyment from

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    You'll be fine. Just don't try to descend the Col d' Peas on a loaded bike going in that direction. You will die horribly and your bones will be eaten by crows and cows.

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