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>> No. 3333 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 3:28 pm
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Relatively new driver here.

On busy roundabouts, how do you get from the inside lane to the outside, especially if you're going from two lanes into a one lane road? What's the proper etiquette? I slow down, hope that someone will either be turning out (which they should be), hope there's no-one immediately behind them and try and merge. What's the 'proper' way to attack this?
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>> No. 3339 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 4:15 pm
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If there isn't a sufficient gap, just indicate right and go around again.
>> No. 3382 Anonymous
2nd July 2015
Thursday 5:18 pm
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>>3335
Remember the 3 A's
>> No. 3383 Anonymous
26th July 2015
Sunday 4:02 am
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In this example the left lane is for taking the first exit, so if you want to take the 3rd exit you switch into the left hand lane in the hatched section as the people at this exit will be giving way to you and the left hand lane will be clear because everyone who was in it has now turned left.
>> No. 3384 Anonymous
26th July 2015
Sunday 4:07 am
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>>3333
this
>> No. 3385 Anonymous
26th July 2015
Sunday 4:08 am
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>>3335
you wouldn't be in that lane if you were taking that exist. Also you're aproaching from his right so he has to give way to you.

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>> No. 3348 Anonymous
20th June 2015
Saturday 12:20 pm
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I only passed last week and I am looking at my first car which will most likely be a ford fiesta.

I am 25, live in greater london and have a drive way. How much is insurance going to kill me? And do these little black boxes really reduce the price of insurance?
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>> No. 3376 Anonymous
23rd June 2015
Tuesday 8:10 pm
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>>3375

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QtV7KU3r6w
>> No. 3378 Anonymous
23rd June 2015
Tuesday 9:09 pm
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>>3376

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znlsCdMES4c
Can anyone complete the set?
>> No. 3379 Anonymous
1st July 2015
Wednesday 6:17 pm
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So phone up the company for a quote and it is £1700, do it online £950

what is the difference
>> No. 3380 Anonymous
1st July 2015
Wednesday 6:27 pm
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>>3379
Companies would rather people go online. Less admin.
>> No. 3381 Anonymous
1st July 2015
Wednesday 6:48 pm
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>>3376
Bloody hell. I've had this clip stuck in my vague memory for years. I was kid at the time so of course I was baffled by Clarkson's irrational hatred of Vauxhalls. Now of course I'm older and am baffled by Clarkson's irrational hatred of everything.

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>> No. 2934 Anonymous
13th July 2014
Sunday 10:16 am
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I currently have a car that won't start, it's uninsured.

If I take out insurance with breakdown cover, and I call the breakdown people up on the first day of my insurance, will they fix the car for me?
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>> No. 3324 Anonymous
25th May 2015
Monday 12:23 pm
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>>3321
>>3322
Also remember that in order to do this legally, the test MUST be pre-booked even if your local garage doesn't require it.
>> No. 3341 Anonymous
4th June 2015
Thursday 11:17 am
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I've finished my final year university exams now but I don't graduate til mid to late July.

I start a new job in early August.

If I get insured in a couple of weeks does this classify me as a student? I guess I just ring them up in August and they'll reduce my premiums right?
>> No. 3342 Anonymous
4th June 2015
Thursday 11:33 am
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>>3341
If it'll reduce your premiums then ring them up now. What's the harm in lying?
>> No. 3343 Anonymous
4th June 2015
Thursday 11:37 am
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>>3342
Invalidation of insurance.
>> No. 3344 Anonymous
4th June 2015
Thursday 12:03 pm
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>>3341
The rule is that what you tell them must accord with what a reasonable person would say. Is the job a dead cert? If so, and you start at the beginning of August, I wouldn't see a problem with describing that as your occupation after the academic year ends in a couple of weeks.

The insurance industry is all about risk. Not only do they price your premium based on the risk of a payout, they do verification checks based on the risk of fraud. Bear in mind that you are attempting to insure a vehicle that is not taxed or certified as roadworthy, so they may be paying closer attention than usual.

If you can do the whole thing at the end of July between graduation and starting work (taxing on 1st August to avoid paying for a dead month) then this problem goes away. Obviously, allow yourself a full two week window in case it needs a retest and more work.

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>> No. 3325 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 12:14 pm
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Anybody ever had any experience with parking eye before?

My girlfriend got a car radio fitted at Halfords, who told her that she had to leave the keys with them for a few hours because there was a wait, and then time for service.

She then unknowingly got a ticket frmo parking eye.

Halfords have since informed me that they are meant to have phoned to say which registrations aren't to be issued a ticket if they've had work done.

My girlfriend, being away at university since then has not opened her mail, only the other week to find that they've escalated it to court and issued a CCJ against her name, all in the time she's not actually had chance to open the letters which she never should have had in the first place.

Parking eye acknowledge she shouldn't have been given one, but won't drop the clam bcause they're saying she should have sorted it sooner despite the fact she's been at uni, and didn't open mail bcause she never breaks the laws, and didn't expect she'd need to as Halfords should have sorted it.

So they shouldn't have given her one in the first place, and know that, yet are still pursuing it. You can get it thrown out in frnot of a judge but that costs £155 to set it aside.

Is there more a scumbag way of doing business? Anybody had experience with them before?
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>> No. 3330 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 1:01 pm
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>>3329
Yes, that's correct.

Why? She hasn't changed address. She lives at home and at university in the term time. It's not unrealistic to expcr her to leave her permanent address that isn't term time as her DVLA registered address? I appreciate what you're saying, but she got a car radio fitted and Halfords failed to sort it.

How is this her fault in anyway?

It is a CCJ. I'll help her appeal to get it removed, even if satisfied because it is unjust.

It suggests on the court information that set aside fee is payable no matter what from the looks of things.

I'll check pepipoo out, thank you.
>> No. 3331 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 1:20 pm
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>>3330
>She hasn't changed address.
The law regards your address as being a place where documents may be served upon you. If you move during term time but want to keep your old address, you need to make sure your mail follows you. (Except for insurance, obviously. If you're living away from home in term time but don't tell your insurer both addresses, you might not actually be insured.) It was Halfords fault that she got the ticket, but her own fault that it went to a CCJ, as had she used the correct address or got someone to pass her mail on she could have sorted it out before court. Whichever way you spin it, the reality is that because she didn't open her mail she has a CCJ, so that's the position she needs to start from now. She needs to be aware that it may be an uphill battle and that certain things will count against her. For instance, she can't claim that she didn't receive anything, as you've admitted that she did but merely choose to open it all later. If she can get to actually contesting the original claim, she could use the fact that they've admitted that she shouldn't have got the ticket to argue that they claimed in bad faith. But she needs to get to that point first, and she needs to understand that the first hurdle is of her own making.
>> No. 3332 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 1:33 pm
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>>3331
Thanks for the advice. Not trying to absolve her to angel status, but it does seem ridiculous parking eye would knowingly try to ruin somebody's credit rating and therefore life for the sake of a claim that they themselves acknowledge shouldn't have been issued in the first place.

I don't understand how the law allows for people to be dealt that hand without anything else, but thanks anyway.

I'm pissed off, but I guess it's time to start chasing.
>> No. 3336 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 3:39 pm
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Let them take her to court explain how the case is being made in error, explain that you have attempted to inform them of this. The judge will agree and give them a bollocking for wasting everyone's time.
>> No. 3340 Anonymous
2nd June 2015
Tuesday 4:30 pm
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>>3336
Read the thread. They've been to court already. They won because there was no defence.

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>> No. 3295 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 10:48 am
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Do any of you lads own a dashcam?

After having someone drive into my car and then claim it was my fault (eventually the insurers found in my favour, but it dragged on for months) and something similar happening to one of my mates I'm considering getting one. Groupon have one for £14.99 plus £1.99 delivery so I may give that a whirl.
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>> No. 3304 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 4:26 pm
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>>3302

That's weird, what reason is there for making them illegal? If there is one, of course.
>> No. 3305 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 4:50 pm
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>>3304

Maybe he didn't mean illegal, but inadmissible in court. I have no idea if that's the case either though.
>> No. 3306 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 5:41 pm
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I'm guessing he's probably referring to the data protection act meaning you can't film anyone without their permission, or something.
>> No. 3307 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 6:15 pm
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>>3306
This is the kind of disgraceful ignorance of the law one might expect from the police, but on gs?

http://content.met.police.uk/Site/photographyadvice
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography_and_the_law#United_Kingdom
>> No. 3308 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 6:27 pm
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>>3306
oh yes, only the govmnt has the right to film anyone

(A good day to you Sir!)

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>> No. 3255 Anonymous
24th April 2015
Friday 11:09 am
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I'm due to get on a plane for the first time in my life tomorrow morning. I've already checked in online and am about to print a boarding card. It's a five hour flight, and I intend to bring a change of clothes (in case the rest of my luggage is lost), some books and a snack in my carry-on.

Am I missing anything? What travel tips do you lads have?
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>> No. 3291 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 1:52 am
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>>3289
>Will someone please, please tell me what the fuck "soap on a rope" is?
It's soap, except it's on a rope.
>> No. 3292 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 1:59 am
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>>3289
You won't get anally raped if your drop the soap since it is attached to a rope.
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26th April 2015
Sunday 3:22 am
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>>3289

You can hang it up in the shower or give it as a tacky gift to people you don't particularly like or know well. I think it's a thing mostly because it rhymes.
>> No. 3294 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 3:32 am
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I found this description on the web:
>Ordinary bar soap can be extremely difficult to control when wet, and picking up a dropped soap bar could have dire consequences.
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-soap-on-a-rope.htm
>> No. 3299 Anonymous
26th April 2015
Sunday 1:47 pm
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Thanks for the comprehensive responses, lads. I think I'm still a bit agog at the idea that slippery soap could be considered such an important a gap in the market.

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>> No. 3213 Anonymous
21st March 2015
Saturday 3:17 pm
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Do you think owning a car is essential in modern Britain?
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>> No. 3249 Anonymous
29th March 2015
Sunday 9:34 pm
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>>3245
>for instance there are trains non-stop from Cambridge to London

Are there? When? Cambridgelad.
>> No. 3250 Anonymous
29th March 2015
Sunday 9:47 pm
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>>3249
Quarter past and quarter to, in both directions.
>> No. 3251 Anonymous
29th March 2015
Sunday 10:56 pm
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>>3250
Pretty sure they're express and still stop at three or four stops.
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29th March 2015
Sunday 11:29 pm
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>> No. 3253 Anonymous
29th March 2015
Sunday 11:31 pm
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>>3252
... and back again.

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>> No. 3188 Anonymous
24th February 2015
Tuesday 11:01 pm
3188 QE2 Toll
I'm getting a hire car delivered to get me home from work. The quickest route has me crossing the QE2 bridge. However, they've removed the toll booth, and you're now supposed to pay the toll online.

I don't know what the car's registration is supposed to be until it gets delivered, so I can't sort it out now, which annoys me. I'm not looking forward to fucking about on my phone for half an hour to sort it out after I get in the car; the voyage will eat enough of my day up as it is.

I can't find any clear legal guidance on this issue; nothing that relates to a hire car. As I understand it, though, any fines incurred to the car would be paid by the agency, and the charges passed onto my employer, who hired the car.

This whole scheme is universally detested, and obviously a terrible inconvenience for everyone who knows about it. To most people around the country and world, they'll never even know about this stupid online pre-pay bollocks. It's obviously a egregious con.

I'm so annoyed by the whole thing's inconvenience that I think I'll just drive around the M25 southbound. Fuck tolls.

That brings me to my other question- what the hell can we do about these fucking tolls? There's no ethical justification for the Dartford crossing toll; the bridge was paid for twelve years ago. It boils my fucking piss- the toll amounts to nothing more than legal theft.

The M6 toll road is another waste of time. A fiver to use a road that's always fucking empty! Piss taking fucks.

Pic related- highway robbery.
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>> No. 3190 Anonymous
25th February 2015
Wednesday 2:26 am
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>>3188
M6 toll road is great though - never any traffic. That's the benefit lad!
>> No. 3191 Anonymous
25th February 2015
Wednesday 2:50 am
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>>3190
You still have to obey bullshit speed limits.
>> No. 3192 Anonymous
25th February 2015
Wednesday 4:04 am
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Yeah, there's this whole empty road with like five lanes or something stupid, of course you're going to speed. So, of course they built little hills for the coppers to hide behind to catch people out, in order to fine them. Buzzkill cunts.

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>> No. 3145 Anonymous
18th February 2015
Wednesday 1:25 am
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I'm a 22 year old male, living at home with parents, in an affluent area. I'm taking my driving test soon, but assuming all goes well, what are some decent, realistic options insurance wise? I'd like to get a 90-98 civic hatchback. Is that something doable?
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>> No. 3156 Anonymous
18th February 2015
Wednesday 2:30 pm
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>>3154
Yes, I'm massively insecure because I think certain cars are girly looking.
>> No. 3157 Anonymous
18th February 2015
Wednesday 2:46 pm
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>>3156

I know I probably felt like this about certain subjects as a teen/early 20s male, but I can't remember what it felt like. Honestly, get a small cheap car. You wont even care in 5 years that you owned it and neither will anyone else and you might even still have it.

It's not even rational or true to life either. Insecurity about what car you drive is something people get taken the piss out of them for, rather than what car they actually drive. Look at people who have Warrior 4x4s. I've yet to see someone I know look at one and not go "Well, he clearly has a small dick." and it is always a he.
>> No. 3158 Anonymous
18th February 2015
Wednesday 2:46 pm
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>>3155
>what could possibly be gay about an Aygo
For a start there's the name which has all three of G, A and Y in it. That's pretty gay.
>> No. 3159 Anonymous
18th February 2015
Wednesday 2:51 pm
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>>3158
If you put a G in front of it then it becomes GAygo and you can pretend you're a homophobe. Better than being a bumder.
>> No. 3160 Anonymous
18th February 2015
Wednesday 3:20 pm
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>>3157
This. The only trouble I ever had in six years owning a Ka was one cunt calling it a hairdresser's car. In that time it got me to and from work and all around town, which is all I needed it to do. Well, there was one other guy who used to have a go, but then he drove a Corsa so I always had the better comeback and therefore he doesn't count.

Seriously, 40mpg in a city full of fucking hills was nothing to sneeze at.

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>> No. 3072 Anonymous
26th November 2014
Wednesday 10:06 pm
3072 Modern cars are shite.
Out of interest, anyone here ever driven one of the new Sanderos, particularly the 90 horsepower model? By the facts and figures it should be far better than a ten year old Yaris, but is it actually better in practice?
Looking at reviews, all the professional reviewers claim that it's slow, or that the suspension and steering aren't fun, or that 55mpg (combined) isn't particularly impressive. But I don't get what they're comparing it against.

I may be in a position to get a new car next year, I'm dismayed about the state of the new car market at the moment. My choice seems to be something like £2-3K on a used car, or a Dacia Sandero on finance with a £3K deposit.

Which leads me onto my rant. Recently, every car manufacturer seems to be trying to compete with the likes of Audi and Mercedes on looks and performance. Ten years ago Ford Kas and Fiestas were driven by old men and middle aged housewives. They had crappy plastic interiors, no air conditioning, plain upholstery, yet there were more Fords on the roads than any other car. I've just took a look through the brochures now, even the bloody fiesta comes with a choice of 12 different interiors with chrome-lined everything, and just about every extra they can cram in. I've started seeing more new Mercedes on the way to work now, than new Fords.
It just seems to me that all of the mainstream manufacturers are trying so hard to mirror the top end of the market in all of their models, that many people are looking at the price tags and choosing the real thing instead for just a few pound extra a month.

Hence the Dacia.
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>> No. 3079 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 7:40 pm
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What about renting a car? I've no idea how viable this is financially, but it's not uncommon.
>> No. 3080 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 8:49 pm
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>>3079
It's common for people who need a car once a week. If you need a car every day it would cost silly money compared to buying a new car on finance.
>> No. 3081 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 8:54 pm
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>>3080
I'm on about a 2 year or whatever lease, not popping to Enterprise to have one for a weekend.
>> No. 3082 Anonymous
27th November 2014
Thursday 9:18 pm
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Sorry, didn't realise what you meant.

Yes leasing is an option but it depends on the car and the circumstances. Charges vary depending on mileage, it can work out cheaper or more expensive than finance in the long-term, dealers can charge extortionate prices at the end of the lease for the slightest cosmetic damage, etc.
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29th November 2014
Saturday 12:55 pm
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I just want to add this.

Who in their right mind would pay £1000 fucking extra on a £10,000 car, just for paisley pattered floor mats and a few bits of green paint.

To me this sums up everything that's wrong with modern society.

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>> No. 2800 Anonymous
30th November 2013
Saturday 1:03 am
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Any motorbike riders here? I need some advice

Basically my dream is to ride bikes. I spend a lot of time watching youtube videos of motorcycle riders doing video blogs while riding. I am not a confident person and at the moment I don't trust myself with motorbikes, especially in London where drivers are extremely aggressive. But once I've finished studying (or got a part time job) I really want to ride again, I don't have many aspirations in this world but riding is one of them.

Two years ago when I lived in my hometown of Leicester I had a full time job with money to burn and I did my CBT (test in England to ride bikes up to 250cc) and passed. I then bought an Aprilia RS250. I rode it around my block a few times and holy shit I felt like my childhood dreams had come true, I never rode it to work because I wasn't confident on it. The bike had a load of issues and was extremely inconsistent also. I dropped it once and I had trouble picking it up, I'm an extremely skinny guy and this dropped my confidence more. I ended up selling it, I felt like a complete failure.

I have since moved to London to study at university and there are many people riding bikes and it made me want to try again, I may do another CBT test just to get me into it again when I can afford it since I just love the idea.

Can someone give me some advice on riding bikes and any experiences? Should I wait until I'm confident in myself before trying again since I'm scared to injure myself or others or humiliate myself?

Thanks
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>> No. 2834 Anonymous
11th February 2014
Tuesday 1:18 am
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>>2832

Bikes (and especially scooters) are a perfectly practical mode of transport within reasonable bounds. To go through your questions:

Bikes in general are perfectly practical for long journeys. It's more effort than driving a car because you're exposed to the elements, but plenty of people cover very long distances by bike. A 125cc bike is a bit of a chore for long journeys because of the limited power (most 125s will only do 60-65mph and take a while to get there) but bigger bikes will eat up the miles as easily as any car. I know plenty of people who take long (50-100 mile) commutes into London and cover the best part of a thousand miles in a weekend trip to the continent.

Luggage is inevitably a limitation. Scooters have an underseat storage box that's usually big enough for two helmets or a couple of bags of groceries. You can add side panniers and a top box to any bike or scooter, which will give you about a hundred litres of storage in total - roughly equivalent to a very large suitcase and adequate for a weekly shop for two people. Whether that's enough luggage capacity will depend on your lifestyle. Some bikers have figured out creative schemes for carrying guitars, fishing rods, golf clubs and even drum kits on their bike.

Carrying a passenger means getting a full license, as you're not allowed to take a pillion on L-plates. Once you have a full license, carrying a passenger is perfectly straightforward, although they will need a helmet and protective gloves. You need to give them a little briefing before hand so that they know not to resist the lean of the bike and have an agreed signal if they want you to stop, but otherwise it's no more difficult than taking a passenger in your car. If you regularly take passengers, you can get an intercom system that allows you to talk to your pillion rider via a headset.

The only dealbreaker in terms of weather is ice and snow, which is just too hazardous to ride on. At about this time of year, I keep an eye on the weather forecast so I know in advance if I'll need to get the bus or blag a lift. Otherwise, it's just a question of wearing the right gear and riding sensibly in the wet - leaving plenty of space ahead of you, keeping your speed down, braking before you think you'll need to. Newer bikes and scooters are available with anti-lock brakes, which are a real confidence booster in wet conditions. Modern motorbike clothing is highly waterproof and very warm, and you can add electrically heated grips to keep your hands toasty. There's nothing stopping you from using a bike as year-round transport.

Bikes aren't necessarily that much easier to travel with, but they can have much lower running costs and they're far easier to park. They are a hell of a lot more fun, which makes road trips far more enjoyable and exciting. You're not cut off from the world like you are in a car and really feel like part of your environment. If you're planning on going abroad then you'll need a full license. Riding in Europe is a doddle, you just ride down to Dover and hop on the ferry or the Eurotunnel. Going outside of the EU, you do need to do a bit of research and get your insurance sorted out.

If you don't really need motorised transport but would quite like the option, then small bikes and scooters are a hugely appealing option in terms of cost. These days you can buy a decent second-hand 125cc bike or scooter, a full set of safety clothing, a year's insurance and a CBT course for under £2000, which might well be less than you'd pay for your first year's car insurance. Fuel and other running costs are very low - a 125 costs £17 a year to tax, will do 80mpg+ and needs only very basic servicing. Running a 125 is often cheaper than a bus pass.
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>> No. 2838 Anonymous
12th February 2014
Wednesday 11:23 pm
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>>2834

>>2832 here

I read this, re-read this and read this again. This is very good advice.

I reckon if I ever get on a bike, it'll be partly for this reason.
>> No. 2840 Anonymous
13th February 2014
Thursday 1:21 am
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>>2834
> you can add electrically heated grips to keep your hands toasty.

I can not recommend this enough if you plan to do year round riding. Unless it gets proper frosty you can get away with wearing thing leather summer gloves even in the wet without feeling the chill and, worst come to worse, if you add some handle bar muffs then nothing this green and pleasant land can throw at you will stop you… except ice, like >>2834 said, because that's an entirely different issue. There's a reason most EU countries that have proper snow & ice winters offer seasonal insurance.

Anyway, if you do want to hop on again, as others have said getting a few more lessons is helpful. A CBT is really only about "Will you kill others", not "Will you get killed". Besides, even if you don't go DAS getting an actual A license of any form will reduce your insurance quite a bit and save you the hassle of redoing your CBT in two years time.

Being scared (gosh, I am repeating people a lot here) is just fine. You don't want to be petrified, but being concerned enough to be conscientious is really what absolutely every traffic participant should aspire to; it just happens to matter more on certain modes of transport.

Getting more into what you asked about, riding in London is only as scary as you want it to be as long as you understand two concepts: taking the lane, and "safe distance, but not large enough to invite overtakes" (the latter is a matter of experience, sadly). You don't have to filter, you don't have to weave, you don't have to pull any kind of stunt… you can just ride along with commuter traffic and relax. The option to skip past the queues of cars is always there, but until you feel confident enough to navigate those gaps you really don't have to. That is not to say that traffic cannot be bullying, mind. Certain people have the MGIF mentality (Must Get In Front, a close friend of SMIDSY) so you have to position yourself confidently. That shouldn't be a problem, though, since even on a c90 you could comfortably keep up with most of inner city London traffic (the venerable c125 has only fairly recently been replaced by the Innova 125 for delivery riders).

As for picking up your bike, there are plenty of videos out there to teach you how even a skinny lady can lift a Goldwing… it's more about technique and less about being skinny, lanky, pasty, whatever.

The long and short of it is: if you want to ride, just go friggin do it.
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9th October 2014
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Thought I'd reiterate the point of extra training after the CBT with a tale of my first crash. I took my CBT a couple of months ago and hired a CG125; rode it around for 200 odd miles without too much hassle and built up a false sense of confidence. Today I was knocked right back down to size. I was about to enter a 30mph flyover, following two cars at about 25mph: one minivan in front and a saloon behind him. The minivan stopped abruptly for no reason whatsoever, and the sedan behind had to emergency brake. Panic mode engaged, I slammed on the front brake. All the shit about not panic-squeezing the front brake and using more of the rear brake on a wet road went right out the window, and the handful of practice emergency stops I did on my CBT were long forgotten. The front wheel locked, the bike slid out to the left, and I was thrown off to the right with a loud thump to my head (thank dog there was no traffic behind me). The bike's ok, and thankfully I'm not much worse off. Just a slightly throbbing head, and an ego that's far more bruised than my elbows and knees. Looking back, I may have been following half a second too closely (especially for the damp conditions), maybe I just didn't notice the cars in front in time, or maybe fixation on what was happening in front took away precious milliseconds of reaction time.

The kicker is that earlier today I knocked into a guy's rear bumper in 3mph traffic because my attention was focused on a traffic light for a split second (no damage done, just a rubber mark that he wiped away). Perhaps an omen of what was to come. I'll be staying in a state of permanent frostiness on the roads from now, and will be enduring public transport before I can get some extra lessons from an instructor.
>> No. 3068 Anonymous
9th October 2014
Thursday 3:33 am
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>>3067

Loads of people have little prangs like that. The big enemy for any biker is complacency - people tend to have accidents when they feel settled and confident on their bike and let their concentration slip. You see it with new bikers a few months after their CBT, you see it with more experienced riders who fall into a routine with their commute and go into autopilot or get cocky about how much speed and power they can handle. Be thankful that you escaped largely unscathed and learn what you can from it.

More training is always a good idea for any biker at any skill level, but especially for someone with just a CBT. It's also a good idea to consciously practice what you have already learned, whether that is mentally reciting your observation-signal-manoeuvre routine sometimes, talking yourself through a tricky junction, or practising emergency stops in an empty car park.

The significance of road conditions cannot be overstated; If your front wheel locks, you are pretty much guaranteed to fall off. Hazards that a car driver would ignore totally can be a real threat to a biker with so much less rubber on the road. Autumn is always peak season for bike accidents, when riders with rusty wet-weather skills come a cropper and fallen leaves create skid hazards and conceal hidden dangers. Anticipation is the key to avoiding these situations. Give yourself plenty of stopping room, read the road carefully and slow down as soon as you see a potential hazard emerging. You can avoid most kinds of trouble by just thinking a couple of seconds ahead.

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>> No. 2722 Anonymous
16th September 2013
Monday 8:12 pm
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Which is the worst train company in terms of service?
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>> No. 3002 Anonymous
22nd August 2014
Friday 10:11 pm
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>>3000
>To be fair, London Midland was putting whole crapload of money into training new drivers, who were then being systematically poached by other operators who could afford to pay higher wages because they weren't paying for training.
That's not quite right. The new drivers were retained by way of repayment clauses. It was the more experienced drivers who were leaving because LM ended up at the bottom of the pay and conditions league table by a margin that would see a Premier League team relegated in March.

They went through a phase of an almost-complete weekday service, followed by severe disruption on Saturday, followed by almost total cancellation on Sunday. They had a limited capacity to train new drivers, and each required six months to pass out. At the same time, their drivers were on three-month notice contracts, but enough of them were leaving to create a squeeze. LM operate a six-day week - drivers work four out of six, and Sundays are voluntary cover. Usually, because they're at substantial overtime rates, Sundays are over-subscribed. Since the drivers wanted a pay rise, and voluntary means voluntary, they effectively instituted an overtime ban which LM had no hope of retaliating for. Saturdays took the hit as they shifted their roster balance so that they got more drivers on weekdays but at the cost of more of them getting rest days on Saturdays.

The worst part of all this was that there wasn't really an underlying financial reason for it. LM weren't particularly tightly squeezed, they were just tight.
>> No. 3024 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 1:09 pm
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Why are delays much more prominent in this country compared to Germany and Japan? Do they have more modern infrastructure?
>> No. 3025 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 1:19 pm
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>>3024

Yes, they actually spent money improving their infrastructure whereas we are still using Victorian era rail technology.

India is about to take over us in terms of rail infrastructure and they have people hanging off the sides of the fucking things.
>> No. 3026 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 3:59 pm
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>>3024
Their reputation is mostly external. The reality is that German railways suffer delays just like any other network. One of the running jokes is that these days DB stands for "daheimbleiben" (literally "staying at home", though I suspect the implication is "going nowhere").

https://www.youtube.com/v/wXjhszy2f9w
This might help you grasp the meaning:
http://lyricstranslate.com/en/deutsche-bahn-deutsche-bahn.html
>> No. 3027 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 5:48 pm
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>>3026

British railway passengers have the second-highest satisfaction ratings in Europe, second only to Finland. Our services are expensive (partly due to low subsidies, partly due to the inherently high cost of maintenance in a crowded country), but they work fantastically well.

http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/flash/fl_382a_en.pdf

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>> No. 2989 Anonymous
15th August 2014
Friday 11:30 pm
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Lads, what do I do in this particular situation? I rented a 125cc bike recently, but riding it around I realised that certain aspects of the bike theory test and the CBT I took a year and a half ago had completely escaped my mind.

I had no idea precisely what I was supposed to do at this junction. I'm fairly sure I cocked things up by riding into the middle of the junction as soon as the light turned green, and making my right turn in the face of oncoming traffic, which seemed to be far enough away for me to quickly make a safe right turn.
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>> No. 2995 Anonymous
16th August 2014
Saturday 2:47 pm
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OP can you post a picture of the bike you've rented, please?
>> No. 2996 Anonymous
16th August 2014
Saturday 3:13 pm
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You almost did the right thing. I encounter a junction like this every day. The correct approach is to ride into the middle of the junction and stop, indicating right. Wait for all the oncoming traffic to pass you going straight over the junction. The opposing traffic who are turning right will stop and do a similar thing. You can do what you did and nip in and cross the junction right first, but the oncoming traffic won't give you much time and I would consider it an unnecessary risk to take - you're already at the front of the queue, just wait for the oncoming traffic to pass.

Even if the lights turn red again whilst you're stuck in the junction, you'll have time to turn right before the other set of lights changes and you're in the way.
>> No. 2997 Anonymous
17th August 2014
Sunday 12:00 am
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There's no oncoming traffic going straight over - He's on a one-way street I think.
>> No. 3012 Anonymous
27th August 2014
Wednesday 12:27 am
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Thanks for the advice. In the future I will wait in the middle-right of the junction and wait until there's a clear gap for me turn right.

Another question: what do I do if I'm in the middle of traffic (e.g. three cars in front of me, three cars behind me) and I'm approaching a red light? I'm not very comfortable with filtering yet. Do I simply stop behind the cars in front of me?

If I do filter, is it okay for me to stop alongside the other motorbikes that have filtered to the red traffic lights? What if there are no motorbikes and only cars at the traffic lights - do I position myself alongside the cars? Slightly in front of them?
>> No. 3013 Anonymous
27th August 2014
Wednesday 12:31 am
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>>3012
If you're going to filter, do so slowly enough to properly check for indications. If the car at the front is indicating to turn left and you put yourself alongside it, you risk dying of stupidity.

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>> No. 3003 Anonymous
26th August 2014
Tuesday 12:55 pm
3003 Good night, sweet prince.
>From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. If you have a tax disc with any months left to run after this date, then it can be removed from the vehicle windscreen and destroyed.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes
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>> No. 3007 Anonymous
26th August 2014
Tuesday 1:44 pm
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>>3006

I think your previous statement still applies. How many people are going to know that they can get a refund? How many people are going to bother?
>> No. 3008 Anonymous
26th August 2014
Tuesday 1:58 pm
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>>3007
>automatically

If anything, the only real change is that there is no longer an artificial value premium on a car based on what month it was originally registered in.
>> No. 3009 Anonymous
26th August 2014
Tuesday 2:10 pm
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>>3008

I really need to start reading things before I comment on them.
>> No. 3010 Anonymous
26th August 2014
Tuesday 4:02 pm
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>How many people are going to know that they can get a refund?
Or in other words, how many people miss out in life because they pretend to be too busy to read written information supplied to them? A lot, I'm sure. Why you'd blame anyone but them, I'm less sure about.
>> No. 3011 Anonymous
26th August 2014
Tuesday 6:09 pm
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>>3010
I'll say it again:
>automatically

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