My first bike 'adventure'

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My first bike 'adventure'

Post: #106107 Annpan
Wed May 28, 2008 10:39 pm

Tonight I had been asked to help out with decorating the float for our local town/village gala day so I decided to try the journey on the bike.

It was my first proper outing, actually trying to get somewhere, and back - rather than cycling down the road till I got bored and came back.

I decided to take the route through the next village over as it means using paths and pavements all the way (this had always been my plan when I got a bike as it seems safer) Though it add 1.9 miles to the 3 mile journey. (yes... I know :roll: ) The 3 villages are on a kind of triangle.

The paths are quite rough, and going through the neighbouring village I realised that there are so many junctions, roundabouts 'traffic calming' and bus stops... my plan to use the paths soon became my plan to walk half the distance pushing my bike :roll: :(

I left that village to head along the path that runs along a dual carriageway... but this path is very popular with dog walkers and joggers... I cycled quite a bit along the grassy banks inbetween the road and the path (still 20 ft from the road- no danger from traffic)

Then I had to cross 2 round abouts (these are at motorway sliproads)so I dismounted and walked again.... then through the town again alot of walking due to the pavement/road hazards

I eventually arrived at the hall. :roll:



After chatting to the other people there I realise I was a complete numpty... I was avoiding the direct road as it is a typical country road with no paths, not very wide and I would 'have' to travel on the road with other traffic.
Turns out the other Mums frequently take their kids (under 10) along this road on their bikes and they (who are also all drivers) said it was fine :banghead:

I came back home that way.

So next time I go to the village I will go the direct route and try to not be such a complete eejit :king:
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Post: #106108 MKG
Wed May 28, 2008 10:44 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

But well done, Ann.

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Post: #106125 ina
Thu May 29, 2008 6:40 am

Well, we are all learning all the time, aren't we! Great you did it. And yes, footpaths are generally not laid out for cyclists... Mind you, a lot of the "cycle paths" tell you to get off your bike whenever it gets a bit difficult. :roll:
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Post: #106190 Thomzo
Thu May 29, 2008 12:29 pm

Hi Annpan
You aren't alone don't worry. When I first started cycling earlier this year, I would plan my routes to avoid busy roads and to use cycle paths where possible.

Now I don't really care. I'll happily cycle along almost any road. And I am really pleasantly surprised at how considerate almost all drivers in this area are, especially the buses.

Happy cycling.

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Post: #106228 Annpan
Thu May 29, 2008 3:42 pm

Thanks Zoe :mrgreen:

and thanks Ina and MKG.


I know it's early days I'll get more confident... There is apparently going to be a cycle path opening near us soon (join up of route 74 from Douglas to Hamilton, if anyone cares) so that would be a good addition. There are NO cycle paths (or lanes) anywhere near us and it would be nice to not have to cycle with the traffic.
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Post: #106237 tim&fatima
Thu May 29, 2008 4:43 pm

Well done Annpan.

The thing is, you set out to get somewhere, and you got there, (and back) in one piece. and you learned a valuable lesson in the process. Things can only get better. well done, you did it!
you are officially a cycle thingy wotsit person.:cheers:
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Post: #106666 Big Al
Sat May 31, 2008 9:23 pm

MKG wrote::lol: :lol: :lol:

But well done, Ann.


Yeah Rock on Ann.

The vauable lesson learnt this time was to try out different routes and see which one suits you.

In my prime i'd tailgate wagons down the A19 to get a faster speed and an easier ride but doing 50 plus on a bike can be exhillerating and bloody stupid at the same time but you learnt that the obvious route isn't always the best when on a bike.

keep the faith and you will be doing the coast to coast next year...

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Post: #108625 The Prehistorian
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:17 pm

Well done Ann.

Remember that it's statistically* more dangerous to cycle on pavements/foot paths than in the road, not to mention illegal and terribly slower.

It's the junctions and crossings that'll get ya. If you are riding on the road as part of the trafic then the rest of the trafic will know what you are doing. But they don't expect people to be poppingon and off the pavement. Likewise, the pedestrians, should there be any around your villages, will be put out - you are to them what the cars are to you, very worrying. Should you hit a pedestrian then you are in for a world of hurt as you shouldn't be on the pavement to start with so you could have book thrown at you!


As for cycle lanes....don't get me started....worst of both worlds :wink: .

So, well done Ann, keep it up, think of all that fitnes you'll be getting and all that petrol money that you'll be saving :lol:


* in so far as stats are any good for anything!

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Post: #108628 The Prehistorian
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:27 pm

BTW, I would recomend this:

Cyclecraft by J Franklin

if you are feeling nervous about riding on the road.

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Post: #108639 jampot
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:59 pm

its nice to here about all these cycle paths and pavements to cycle on.
:?
i ride to work in the next village (4miles)when i feel brave enough, but have to contend with a busy bus and truck filled suicide run of a road.

its not an enjoyable ride but i do it to save money and "try to stay fit" i may not bother if the traffic and driving habits get any worse ill just get the train and try to stay alive and unsquished! :lol:

on a better note my bike is 20ish years old and still has its original tyres :cheers:
AAARRGHH its behind you!!!

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Post: #108762 Big Al
Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:30 am

jampot wrote:its nice to here about all these cycle paths and pavements to cycle on.
:?
i ride to work in the next village (4miles)when i feel brave enough, but have to contend with a busy bus and truck filled suicide run of a road.

its not an enjoyable ride but i do it to save money and "try to stay fit" i may not bother if the traffic and driving habits get any worse ill just get the train and try to stay alive and unsquished! :lol:

on a better note my bike is 20ish years old and still has its original tyres :cheers:


Not a frequent flyer then,lol.

I rode both competitivly and lesuirly for many years and ended up in a set of railings through a hackney cab, a ditch through a tractor and down an embankment 70ft from the road and help with a broken pelvis by a manic car driver. Thankfully the little scroat who had twocked the car had the decency to telephone the police to let them know Ihe had seen an accident between a car and a cycle.....

the upside is that i remained fit, ( ish) controlled the weight and enjoyed most of the time on the bike but now having not been a regular rider for a few years I do at times question the sanity of some cyclists.

One thing that annoys me is old people riding on footpaths.... the same ones who denegrate the young cycleist for doing the same thing and also in my town there is a greater number of granny carts that will do a good 20mph + and also grannies on these motor powered cycles both riding on the paths with no regard for pedestrians.... rant over.

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Post: #108776 Annpan
Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:16 am

Remember that it's statistically* more dangerous to cycle on pavements/foot paths than in the road, not to mention illegal and terribly slower.

It's the junctions and crossings that'll get ya. If you are riding on the road as part of the trafic then the rest of the trafic will know what you are doing. But they don't expect people to be poppingon and off the pavement. Likewise, the pedestrians, should there be any around your villages, will be put out - you are to them what the cars are to you, very worrying. Should you hit a pedestrian then you are in for a world of hurt as you shouldn't be on the pavement to start with so you could have book thrown at you!

Just to clarify on the paths and pavements - the area I live is rural, very few people walk on the pavements and paths (unless they are walking their dogs)

When I did cycle on pavements a few weeks ago I dismounted going past pedestrians - I hate that pavements are unused and cyclisits have to contend with traffic (around here, heavy farming and quarry traffic). Barmy if you ask me. I understand this is not the issue everywhere and usually using the road is safer. - which Iis true of the other route I am using.

Trust me - as a big fan of walking - I used to walk everywhere, I am aware that pedestrians are at the bottom of the food chain (so to speak)

I rode both competitivly and lesuirly for many years and ended up in a set of railings through a hackney cab, a ditch through a tractor and down an embankment 70ft from the road and help with a broken pelvis by a manic car driver. Thankfully the little scroat who had twocked the car had the decency to telephone the police to let them know Ihe had seen an accident between a car and a cycle.....


Not really helping with my on-road-soon-to-be-child-on-board-cycling :wink: :lol:


I am doing pretty well now - 6 mile round trip I manage the 3 miles there in 20 min, the 3 miles back in 30min - I have to get off and push the bike up some really big hills, but I am doing better - by the time I get back I can barely walk :oops: But I feel good for it :mrgreen:
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Post: #108793 Big Al
Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:22 pm

I rode both competitivly and lesuirly for many years and ended up in a set of railings through a hackney cab, a ditch through a tractor and down an embankment 70ft from the road and help with a broken pelvis by a manic car driver. Thankfully the little scroat who had twocked the car had the decency to telephone the police to let them know Ihe had seen an accident between a car and a cycle.....


Not really helping with my on-road-soon-to-be-child-on-board-cycling :wink: :lol:


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Ah but think of it statistically....... I used to ride at least 150 miles a day 6 days a week. During competition season it could be anything up to 200 miles a day for over 6 years so if I came a cropper 3 times in nearly 250,000 miles how long will it take you to come a cropper?? ( I know, every time she sets out the potential is there.... but in reallity......)


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