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Thumb Disappointed C.
04 August 2013, 21:33
Chris, I agree that potholes and breaking roads are a menace for most cyclists.Obviously, they are a far greater problem in the dark, as they can be very hard to spot. I am sorry to say that Weston super Mare, near where I live, is especially bad for potholes and poor surfaces (quite surprising for a well populated area). In fact I have come across the odd pothole some 6 inches deep or so in Somerset. I really DO wish that our local councils and authorities, most of whom are boasting about being 'pro-cyclist' and encouraging the public to cycle, would repair potholes and road tears quicker than they do. While I am on the subject of road surfaces, let me remind everyone to be aware of any melting roads! Here in the UK we seem to be having quite a hot summer, and accumulated heat can easily melt tarmac, particularly surfaces blacker/darker in colour. I have come across quite a few melting surfaces this summer, showing the characteristic 'black pearl' bubbles that form when tarmac melts in certain hotspots. Obviously, hot tarmac does not do your bike much good, and I am not just talking about the tyres! Thankfully I have been alert enough to avoid riding over any hotspots, but hope that others have not forgotten that melting roads can be a reality under a hot sun. And finally, on a road surface theme, there is one other hazard I am noticing alot these days - roadkill. Poor unfortunate wildlife, from small fieldmice to badgers, even the odd dog (!) that is left on the road, and usually near to the edge that we cycle, that have been left for the overnight foxes in a hazardous position. I am very much an animal lover, so please don't me heartless when I say - I do wish local authorities would spade more onto the verge to rest in peace, where they are not going to be a messy hazard for the rest of us (especially on downhills or in the dark). I will never forget the time I nearly hit a whole dead lamb left half squashed on a B road near Oxford. It's enough to give ewe a woolly moment as you ram on the brakes! KK.

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Thumb Liam R.
29 August 2012, 12:14
Now that's just an excuse. :)

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Thumb Phil P.
27 August 2012, 19:06
Just returned to UK from Perth, Shark Bay and Cairns - How do you avoid the stinging tree when off road in Cairns

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Thumb Chris W.
23 August 2012, 12:51
Glad we don't have snakes to worry about here in the UK when using a hedge for a comfort break! I agree with the original poster that roads in Britain are not great for cycling. The main issue, for me at least, is potholes and road surfaces that are breaking up. There is a lovely hill on one of my routes that is both smooth and fast, unfortunately when it goes round a slight bend at the bottom it bcomes like riding over cobbles for the next half a mile where the surface is so uneven. Not much fun at speed. There are however some wonderful lanes nearby that allow long rides whilst avoiding the major A roads and taking in some lovely villages.

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Thumb Wayne B.
18 August 2012, 21:29
Well here in Australia it's nesting time for the Magpies, Plovers & Magpie-larks to get aggressive with people, these are mostly that are watched by cyclists & pedestrians at this time of year, more of an annoyance for most people but have caused injuries through strikes or by distractions. Also in a month and a bit and you are doing country rides here and you decide go for a pit-stop off the road or just for sticky-beak, watch for snakes for they'll start on their breading season too, not that many people will come across them then to have trouble with them, but can happen that all of a sudden one might give a warning strike to make you move away from that area. Have fun Cycling Everyone.

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Thumb Wayne B.
24 June 2012, 21:18
Geraldine F. That bad is it?

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Thumb Wayne B.
24 June 2012, 21:16
That bad is it?

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Thumb Alan P.
11 March 2012, 19:57
I can't help thinking it would be good if the forum admin created a new topic for this, specifically relating to safety. Whilst it may not be the best way to popularise cycling, I'm sure most of us here have experienced near-miss incidents or accidents that highlight problematic routes. I live in Edinburgh and try to cycle out of town to more rural areas. I have to cycle through some urban areas to get there. These are inevitably the most dangerous areas, although some stretches of rural roads - particularly where the road narrows and drivers are used to travelling at speed are also problematic. In town, drivers assume cyclists must be travelling much slower than they are and move towards the pavement when the front half of their vehicle has passed you. In populated high streets, pedestrians walk in front of you without looking because they can't hear the sound of an approaching motor vehicle. This happens frequently to me. So many near miss situations. Last year I collided with a car that emerged from a side-street without looking to the right, just kept coming. Fortunately no injury. Turned out the driver was also a cyclist! It would be good if we could get some discussion on this & maybe come up with a few ideas to help keep us and others safe.

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Thumb Geraldine F.
04 March 2012, 18:56
Routes to avoid - Britain!

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