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StreetCowboy last won the day on March 1 2013

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  1. Steady on, mate, We have standards.
  2. The roadworks have finished at one of my regular junctions; it used to be congested, with a single diverging left lane, which meant: a) I could keep pace with the traffic I only had one lane to get across to the straight-on lane. Now the works are complete, there are two diverging left lanes, and I have found myself forced to take the left turn, then find a place to get across and come wrong-road up the U-turn lane (it's a complicated 3-level junction with lanes going all sorts of everywhere... It would be a nightmare if you did not know the junction well, though, and you might find yourself having to change the destination of your ride. Getting across the road in the other direction, we usually use the footbridge SC
  3. I watched the recording of Warrington Wakefield yesterday - I'd have posted earlier but I was too breathless. It's been a cracking season, with a lot of surprising results and very close. I'm hoping Warrington can get into the Top 8; there's still a long way to go SC
  4. I'm curious to know why you were in that lane? It's made me rethink my own strategy on some diverging junctions, where I need to get out to the third lane on fairly fast, busy roads. SC
  5. I've never seen a bike sold with mirrors, that I can recall. I do find it difficult to keep track of traffic approaching, when I am trying to move out to the third lane approaching some junctions. But it's probably easier and safer to pull over, and walk across the junction SC
  6. Have you tried the "Ladies in Thailand" sub-forum? I'm slightly surprised this thread has not been moved there - I would expect much more helpful and constructive replies from other ladies who may have gone through the same issues SC
  7. Fair point. I was leading on Sunday, and I belatedly slowed down for a car to pass, rather than squeezing into the verge alongside it. The inexperienced cyclist behind had not been expecting me to slow down, and slammed on her brakes, taking a tumble, and the bloke behind her slammed on his brakes to avoid running over her, and had to dismount quickly with one hand on the road, SC
  8. I'm guessing that in the context of "How is Pattaya for cycling?", n210mp assumed the OP would be riding on the streets of Pattaya. We none of us need mirrors, but I find that looking too much over my shoulder affects my steering, and a lot of people believe that knowing what is behind you can allow you to drive more safely in traffic. N210mp's mirrors don't seem to stick that far beyond his handlebars, and I'm sure don't make the handlebars much more difficult to turn. Like myself, he carries a fair amount of ballast to offset the few ounces that his mirrors weigh. I don't think he's an all-out performance racer. SC
  9. I'm not really so sure about that - if I recall correctly I've had punctures almost as close to home while wearing a helmet. However, as I noted at the time, first time out in a while without my helmet - and a puncture. Why take chances in the future? SC
  10. I think your point is a good argument in favour of wearing a helmet, but not a good argument in favour of compulsion and restriction of freedom. If you had been forced to buy a helmet before you went out on your bike the first time, there is a significant likelihood that you wouldn't have bought the bike either. Regulations allegedly aimed at making things safer for cyclists are often an effective deterrent to cycling altogether, whether intended to be so or not. SC
  11. Just to get it clear - you slipped while walking your bike? Or while you were alighting? Personally, I think you'd be better wearing sensible shoes, but each to their own. The police wave me through the road blocks when I'm pout cycling even if I'm not lit up like a Christmas tree, even on the highway. I do wear a helmet, though, and sometimes a works site hi-viz shirt. I did once get a puncture within the first kilometre while not wearing a helmet. On the other hand, I've also had a puncture not much further out, while wearing a helmet. SC
  12. I reckon it would show a reckless disregard for my responsibilities to my dependents to cycle long distances without my helmet. On the other hand, I'm not too worried about a couple of kilometres in the suburbs near home. And I'm certainly not going to cancel a trip because I don't have my helmet with me... But I worry more about being banned from cycling on the road, and being forced to cycle on a few dedicated cycle paths and shared footpaths. I think it is much more dangerous to be on a footpath, and continuously crossing roads and traffic, than to be cycling along with the traffic. I'm just grateful that round here, at the weekends at least, the car drivers are courteous and considerate towards cyclists. We were belting through town at a slightly intimidating junction, where we had to find our way into the third lane to go straight on, and a young chap passed by on the left with a big thumbs-up out of his car window "Good Job!" he cried, or something similar. SC
  13. Unless my behaviour changes significantly, I think I am infinitely more likely to die walking down the street than cycling in Bangkok, since I never cycle in Bangkok, but do sometimes walk. The implicit assumption underlying my use of the data above was that the proportion of the population that cycles in Australia and Thailand is comparable, and therefore that a greater risk per head of population corresponds to a greater risk per cyclist. Personally, I am occasionally surprised at the number of cyclists that I see in Bangkok; it doesn't strike me as an attractive city to cycle in. SC
  14. I think that the links to data I posted indicated that cyclists were probably more likely to be killed in Thailand than in Australia, though it did not conclusively prove this conclusion. However, it did provide fairly good evidence that cyclists are not clearly more likely to be killed in Australia than in Thailand. SC
  15. We're all entitled to our own prejudices, but so far no one has presented any evidence to support that opinion. An overall risk assessment is slightly outside the scope of this thread (a lycra risk assessment might be more relevant); this thread was about the specific hazards affecting cyclists in Thailand. At the risk of digressing back on topic, I find that the risk of over-balancing while at a near-stop following excessive rehydration to be significant, getting back on topic. This can be alleviated by stopping to rehydrate within walking distance of home, depending on the shoes you wear, or by choosing a route home from the oasis that does not involve traffic lights.