New rider -what would you say?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by User, 10 Sep 2007.

  1. User

    User Guest

  2. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Not at all - you've just posted a similar theme thread to mine! At the end of the day he's being courteous and we have to just accept that there are some very timid road users for whom avoidance is always the default mode of preservation. Just make sure he keeps his speed down and watches out for emerging cars past the driveways.
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I would have probably advised him to stop being a big girls blouse and get out there on the road, but then again that might have scared him off.
    Pavement cycling's fine imho if done carefully, and if it's going to give him confidence and he's careful of peds then it's probably the way to go.
    Why not set up a few mock scenarios on an industrial estate to toughen him up? Could stick a few mattresses down on the verge just in case.
     
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    NO, that's what NOT to do - then he'll be more wobbly. He needs to keep his speed up!
     
  5. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    That all seems very sensible to me Mr P. Apart from the illegality, I don't see anything wrong with considerate pavement cycling.

    Unfortunately this is the UK, and we can't seem to do anything in moderation or with consideration.
     
  6. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Good point there Bonj (I was forgetting that aspect of the beginner) but I was meaning more in terms of below 15mph!
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    If his pride wouldn't be hurt by it, suggest going for a pootle out on the road with him at lunchtime. Might do his confidence the world of good.
     
  8. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Could he do some offroad routes at the weekend to hone his bike skills ?
     
  9. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    buy him that cyclecraft book.
     
  10. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Awesome, a little part of me wants a Pashley or Dutch city bike - anything dead simple and reserved like that.
     
  11. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Probably not. I'm anti pavement cycling mainly because it muddies the water over whether cyclists are legitimate road users (in the eyes of some drivers). But I think in this instance there is probably no real harm in getting someone started this way. Just make sure he eventually graduates to road use.
     
  12. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    Nogland
    He needs some Dutch courage! :blush:
    Give him time, he'll be all right with some experience, and guidance from you, if required, if he develops at his own pace.
     
  13. I think riding around on an ex-Centre Parcs bike may turn me off, that said watch him fly if he ever gets something a little lighter.....
     
  14. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    That is how I started when I came back to cycling two years ago ... cycled only on the really really quiet roads, then pavements everywhere else, then gradually as my confidence improved started using bigger and bigger roads. The main mistake I made was that I should of read Cyclecraft much earlier, rather than 8 months after returning to cycle.
    Why not help him to plan a route that is just near the edge of his cycling confidence on the road, to the shops or something that he can repeat and gradually gain some confidence on.
     
  15. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Sorry, I must be mistaken - did I just hear the words 'nowt wrong with' and 'dynamo' in the same paragraph?
     
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