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Liquid Knight

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12,200 posts

69 months

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Saturday 28th January 2012 quote quote all
Twelve hours of enhancing my karma and I'm ready to venture into the battle zone that is the Cambridgeshire Norflok boarder. If you don't hear from me; I regret nothing. Apart from wearing shorts under waterproof gear, it was like cycling to the Torture Garden earlier. silly

Liquid Knight

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12,200 posts

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Saturday 28th January 2012 quote quote all
Four cars failed to dip their headlights on the way home. No big deal in a car but when you basically won't be able to see for a few hundred Yards later it's the most annoying thing in the world. So I put my right hand up in front of my eyes and drifted into the centre of the road so I could see road beneath me. I would do this until either the lights went down and the driver actually paid due care and attention or the driver had to stop. Two did, one thought I was a Police officer in my flouresent power ranger outfit, the other didn't see me. rolleyes

yellowjack

4,748 posts

52 months

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Sunday 29th January 2012 quote quote all
Haha, I hate those idiots who don't dip their lights too. I took a trip out from Saffron Walden to Baldock the other day, to try out the A507. Came back a different way, via Reed on the A10, mostly making the route up as I went (54 miles total). Met a Discovery3 coming the other way, blinding me as I rode up hill. I sincerely hope the crunching/scraping sound I heard as he veered toward the verge/bank was expensive. Not my fault that I couldn't see that I'd moved into the middle of the road, as a result of the blcensoreddy searchlights he was shining right into my eyes (He eventually dipped his lights, just as they came level with my front wheel. A little late, no?). Don't the RVLRs make it an offence to drive so as to dazzle other ROAD USERS with high beam or badly adjusted lights? Maybe I should borrow a Sharkeye torch from the boys in the guardroom, so as to give them a little of their own medicine? or maybe these fools should just get over themselves and start treating cyclists as legitimate road users who are entitled to a little courtesy too???

As an aside, the A507 is really NOT a good cycling road around the evening rush. Tamped with re-treads who absolutely MUST get back home in time for Pointless. Buntingford end is a crap road surface too, but a couple of good smooth sections up and down the hills just before arrival in Baldock.

Edited by yellowjack on Sunday 29th January 21:53

Liquid Knight

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12,200 posts

69 months

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Monday 30th January 2012 quote quote all
Driving without due care and attention, driving without corrected vision (if they couldn't see you), driving without due consideration of other road users.

I have a plan. wink

Liquid Knight

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12,200 posts

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Wednesday 1st February 2012 quote quote all
Mobile updates this week. My laptop did die, but it was caused by Uniblue instead of a hit and run driver. Uneventful morning. Three drivers failed to dip their headlights, two because they couldn't see me through the one by three inch square of ice they'd cleared from their screens. rolleyes

Looking forward to the snow if we get any. ;-)
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Liquid Knight

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12,200 posts

69 months

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Wednesday 1st February 2012 quote quote all
Headwind going home and felt colder than it was.

My Barn Owl pal followed me for about a half a mile as usual. She flew about six feet off my left shoulder before swooping down and grabbing something that squeaked loudly. I wouldn't get to see that in a car. smile

Setting my alarm half an hour early in case I need to change to snow tyres.

Edited by Liquid Knight on Wednesday 1st February 20:24

Liquid Knight

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12,200 posts

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Thursday 2nd February 2012 quote quote all
Looked out of my window this morning at four o'clock and went back to bed for half an hour. :cloud9

Cycled in without incident on my slicks and an hour later it's snowing. rolleyes

Liquid Knight

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12,200 posts

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Thursday 2nd February 2012 quote quote all
Sorry guys forgot the recap.

Jan 2012

Miles covered 482.4 (ish the speedo' isn't waterproof)
Average speed 12.6 mph
Maximum temperature 11'C
Minimum temperature -6'C

Best time to work thirty eight minutes
Worst time to work an hour and ten minutes following a blowout, run home and drive. wink

Punctures 2
Collisions 1
Other issues 0

Rocksteadyeddie

7,821 posts

113 months

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Friday 3rd February 2012 quote quote all
Good mileage for Jan that chap. Watch your average speed go through the roof in February.

Liquid Knight

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Friday 3rd February 2012 quote quote all
-2'C when I left this morning.
-2'C when I left this evening.


http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/uk/peterborough

Snow tomorrow night so do I put knoblies on yet?

Liquid Knight

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Saturday 4th February 2012 quote quote all
Set a new record this morning. woohoo

-8.5'C

Took an extra ten minutes and every time I tried to go more than 15mph it felt like my front brake was engaged. Bloody knobly tyres. Hope it snows enough for them to work later. ;-)

Liquid Knight

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Saturday 4th February 2012 quote quote all
Rubbish ride home. It started snowing heavilly about an hour before I set off and by the time I was half way home it had dulled to that crappy powdery drizzle snow. Perfect for boarding by not a lot of use if you're running knobblies.

Barking wind though so in the tailwind section I held th bike at a steady 17mph, side wind 14mph and headwind between 11 and 12 I was too busy paying attention to what the rest of the bike was doing to look to be honnest.

A combination of rightly so caution drivers and numbties. One made such a hash of getting past me it took him half a mile to straighten his van out again. rolleyes

I'll set off ealier in the morning. wink

Liquid Knight

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Sunday 5th February 2012 quote quote all
I was happily cycling in the snow but within three miles there were six cars in hedges, dykes or other cars. So I turned around and drove to work instead.

Glad I did as well because I spent the first two hours digging and gritting pathways. rolleyes

Rocksteadyeddie

7,821 posts

113 months

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Sunday 5th February 2012 quote quote all
I'll tell you what chief, you are nothing if not committed. thumbup

Liquid Knight

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Sunday 5th February 2012 quote quote all
I thought I did well. Trouble with fresh snow is the road looked flat. Happily trundling along when you hit a hidden pothole or other object then you get a wobble on that cuts into the snow making difficult to straighten out.

Liquid Knight

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Sunday 5th February 2012 quote quote all
Drove the cycle route home and the road was clear as a bell. My put my slicks back on for tomorrow, unless we get the freezing fog or more snow overnight. wink

Liquid Knight

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Monday 6th February 2012 quote quote all
Knobblies are rubbish! Pump the tyres up fir the road and they're useless in snow and slush. Let them down for snow and slush and they're useless on treated roads. Grrrrr!

Either way it feels like I'm towing a trailer with flat tyres. The slicks will be back on for work Friday.

Liquid Knight

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Monday 6th February 2012 quote quote all
Another new record today. Fog was coming down so I got my head down with it. 42 minutes on knobblies. wink

Still putting the slicks on as soon as because my legs are censored , lucky it's Friday for me.

Liquid Knight

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Wednesday 8th February 2012 quote quote all
Now my laptop is working again here's a photo from the other morning...



...I made three or so miles in tht before I took the car instead? yikes

Didn't look as bad at the time. wink

Liquid Knight

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Thursday 9th February 2012 quote quote all
Put my slicks back on and hey presto it's snowing again. rolleyes

I'll give it an hour or so before I put the knobblies back on. Grrrr!
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