What happened next!!!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by magnatom, 6 Dec 2007.

  1. Cab

    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.
     
  2. Tynan

    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
     
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    oSLo
    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:
     
  4. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    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.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    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:
     
  6. Tynan

    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
     
  7. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    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!
     
  8. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Also on where the footage is - tunnels look faster, railings look fast, etc.
     
  9. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Didn't you see him put that stick in your spokes???:smile:
     
  10. neslon

    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
     
  11. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    It goes under the River Clyde... it is easier than cycling on water...
     
  12. neslon

    neslon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Toon
    No bridges either? Dear God, no wonder they need the oil revenues. (not that they would get spent in Glasgow...)
     
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    London's cool for cycling, loads of proper roads and shags to look at while you;re doing it
     
  14. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    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.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    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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