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Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

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Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

"I'm sorry Sir, but I'm afraid you have failed your Cyclist road licence exam on the grounds of being medically unfit to ride a cycle on the public roads in the UK. It's an eyesight problem"
"That's total nonsense I'm perfectly fit and health. My Doc passed me a 100% A1 fit. I've never needed to wear glasses in my life."
"Yes Sir, I'm afraid that's the problem. You are able to tell the difference between red and green lights."
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

Sorry Sir, You have failed the Cyclist licence exam because you put one foot on the ground whilst stationary.  Undecided
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

As a motorcyclist I try not to put a foot down when I'm, for instance, coming up to a traffic light.  I won't really be moving (ok, I'll be moving at 0.1mph or something really slow, just enough to prevent me falling over).  It's for safety oddly enough, if something happens when you're stopped and have a foot down it'll take longer to get moving away from trouble, but as my foots not on the floor I'm 100% ready to move out of the way if needs be!  It's one of the things the coppers talk about to you on the safety course (and if you ever watch a police motorcyclist at a junction or something you'll notice they don't stop, they balance the bike perfectly).  Not sure how that fits with cyclists but maybe the theory is the same?
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

No what they are taking about is the "gymnastics" they do to try and not put a foot down WHILE stopped (if they do) at lights, always makes me LAUGH at them watching them wobble about in front of me.  Grin
As a motorcyclist I am the same as you, approach with the idea that you don't HAVE to stop but if you are stopped LEFT foot down, RIGHT on rear brake (if a modern bike, reverse if an old British bike), although I do the same in the car, coast up to the lights and try not to fully stop, the people who RACE up and then SAVAGELY brake are just wasting money/fuel/brake pads.
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

Exactly right HB.... there seems to be an "unwritten rule".... "thou shalt not put a foot down when stationary, at lights or pedestrian crossings ...
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

Not when I was cycling - I could never balance when stationary or going dead slow  Embarrassed
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

still using the stabilizer wheels then?  Cheesy
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

does drink and cycle apply to old jim.  also can you still carry on with a dodgy shoulder, no wonder he wobbles
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

I was thinking along the lines of tricycle but feared what the mod might do with cycle trouser clips.
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

I love to remind my eldest son who, having driven cars for many years attempted to regain his early youth and bought himself a motor bike. First time he went out on it was stopped by traffic lights, forgot to put his foot down and collapsed in an undignified heap to the amusement of those nearby. Fortunately he wasn't hurt, just some scratched paintwork on the bikes fairing.
I try to ensure (in the nicest possible way) that he doesn't forget.
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Need some tips?: http://boy-on-a-bike.blogspot.com/2009/08/absolutely-amazing-cycle-tricks.html
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Re: Results of the new Cyclist road licence exam

superb camera work in the video.
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superb camera work in the video.

Cycling skills not too shoddy either.  I was pleased to find a decent quality with nice camera work on you tube (makes a change from some of what's on there). Cool
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