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Cab

New Member
Location
Cambridge
Helmet cam footage always seems to make it look like were going faster than you were, especially if you're in a tunnel or close to any other walls/barriers/traffic.
 

Tynan

Veteran
Location
e4
seen loads of people saying it makes them look slow

and to me that tunnel is plain unsafe, there's no vision around the corners and the surface looks unsafe and there's a great deal to hurt yourself on, that rail looks awful

hence too fast, he's wrecked because he hit something he couldn't see coming and then lost control, too fast for the conditions

from what I can see, I'm not sure I'd use it, my limited experience of specialised cycle routes is that they're full of rubbish and other obstructions
 

Dayvo

Just passin' through
Location
oSLo
magnatom said:
My first though, having got up from the tarmac was: I hope I got that on camera!! :sad:
My first thought would have been 'I hope no one saw that'! :smile:

As much as I admire your crusade against bad and dangerous driving, I can't help thinking that if some of the motorists you have berated saw that, they would now feel more than a little aggrieved if they knew you just fell down at the drop of a hat! :blush:

Glad you weren't injured (except for your pride, of course). :smile:
 
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magnatom

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Tynan said:
seen loads of people saying it makes them look slow

and to me that tunnel is plain unsafe, there's no vision around the corners and the surface looks unsafe and there's a great deal to hurt yourself on, that rail looks awful

hence too fast, he's wrecked because he hit something he couldn't see coming and then lost control, too fast for the conditions

from what I can see, I'm not sure I'd use it, my limited experience of specialised cycle routes is that they're full of rubbish and other obstructions
I should point out it is a one way tunnel (there is another tunnel going the other way). There is no way no matter how slow I was going that I would have seen the glass and know that it was a slip hazard. Sure I wouldn't have came off, but if I was to cycle slow enough to ensure that I could never come off, I would be better walking. It's a risk/benefit balancing act.

Also the fact I wasn't seriously hurt suggests that my speed was reasonable.

Also with regards to cameras and apparent speed. My ATC2000 with the narrow field of view did make me look slower. This camera with a wider field of view makes me look faster. It is a variable of the camera.
 
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magnatom

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Dayvo said:
My first thought would have been 'I hope no one saw that'! :smile:

As much as I admire your crusade against bad and dangerous driving, I can't help thinking that if some of the motorists you have berated saw that, they would now feel more than a little aggrieved if they knew you just fell down at the drop of a hat! :blush:

Glad you weren't injured (except for your pride, of course). :smile:
Oh contre. I think if they saw how easily a reasonable competent cyclist can go down, they would give us extra room on the road! :sad:
 

Tynan

Veteran
Location
e4
it's your risk, your call natch

you mentioned being lucky you didn't fall onto the railing?

last time honest, for the reasons of bad sight lines, crap on the surface and not much room to fall into, I'd be reluctant to use that from what I can see
 
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magnatom

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Tynan said:
it's your risk, your call natch

you mentioned being lucky you didn't fall onto the railing?

last time honest, for the reasons of bad sight lines, crap on the surface and not much room to fall into, I'd be reluctant to use that from what I can see
Fair enough. I do find though that because of the poor surface I can often hear other cyclists before I can see them. I suppose that helps!
 

Cab

New Member
Location
Cambridge
magnatom said:
Also with regards to cameras and apparent speed. My ATC2000 with the narrow field of view did make me look slower. This camera with a wider field of view makes me look faster. It is a variable of the camera.
Also on where the footage is - tunnels look faster, railings look fast, etc.
 

HJ

Cycling in Scotland
Location
Auld Reekie
magnatom said:
You must have been there cab!:blush:
Didn't you see him put that stick in your spokes???:smile:
 

neslon

Well-Known Member
Location
The Toon
It looks horrible. I would loath having to ride down nasty wet rubbish & glass strewn windy tunnels. Don't they have roads in Glasgow? I would go miles out of my way to have a picturesque ride, rather than scrat about down dirty little rat holes like that.
Mind you, it looks nicer than riding in London
 

HJ

Cycling in Scotland
Location
Auld Reekie
neslon said:
It looks horrible. I would loath having to ride down nasty wet rubbish & glass strewn windy tunnels. Don't they have roads in Glasgow? I would go miles out of my way to have a picturesque ride, rather than scrat about down dirty little rat holes like that.
Mind you, it looks nicer than riding in London
It goes under the River Clyde... it is easier than cycling on water...
 

neslon

Well-Known Member
Location
The Toon
Hairy Jock said:
It goes under the River Clyde... it is easier than cycling on water...
No bridges either? Dear God, no wonder they need the oil revenues. (not that they would get spent in Glasgow...)
 
I love cycling in London, I actually really miss commuting there every day, some of the most fun, exciting riding going. I also like cycling there on a w/end - look at the sights, lock the bikes up and drop in somewhere for lunch. Lovely.
 
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magnatom

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neslon said:
No bridges either? Dear God, no wonder they need the oil revenues. (not that they would get spent in Glasgow...)
I actually quite enjoy riding down it. Down the straight I get up to about 30mph by the bottom (any more would be reckless! :tongue: and it is a good workout up the other side. It takes about 15mins off my journey which is more time with the kids and wife at night.:tongue:
 
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