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Here are some of the emails I've received from readers of this site. Together with correspondence that they have started.
I apoligise for the speling misteaks, I've copyed them in as I got them in me inbox.
Hi Michael

Thanks for the positive advice. i am ten times more confident as a cyclist than I was before I started reading the C+ forum. Before I was a riding-in-the-gutter-sorry-for-being-on-the-road-Mr car driver type cyclist! I can't tell you how many punctures I used to get! Now I am much more assertive and by that token I do get more respect from other road users, and it has given me the courage to navigate a whole host of things I wouldn't have attempted before.

I am working up to the filtering on the approach to the dual carriageway, but it's something that I think will take me a while, it really is a fast moving stretch of road, and I admit that it still intimidates me.

Thanks again for all the encouragement, it's nice to know that there is help and advice out there.

On 25 Feb 2005, at 12:48, nutty wrote:

> Hi XXXX, do get up the courage to ride assertively at that junction and
> at other all times. Although you get the impression that "drivers
> want to mow you down" that isn't true.
> Have you read a copy of CycleCraft by John Franklin? I'm working
> through it at the moment and it seems pretty informative. The chapter
> I read last night is particularly suitable here as he says that the
> riders who are confident in traffic are actually given more space and
> are safer than those who allow themselves to be scared of the cars.
> If you're hesitant or allow yourself to be bullied, people will take
> advantage.
> On the other hand though I really must say be careful out there. As
> you learn to ride more confidently and become used to it you must be
> careful not to get overconfident! Your safety must be your primary
> concern, increase it by riding assertively and how you want, but don't
> take risks.
> Safe and happy riding,
> Michael
>> Hi Michael Funnily enough I've just finished reading the snow tips!
>> Very informative, I like the plastic bag between sock and shoe idea,
>> my toe's spend a lot of time wet, trench foot is the next thing! I
>> used the filtering technique again this morning, and rather than
>> thinking I'd get harassed by the cars, they seemed okay with letting
>> me back in. Still not attempted it on the approach to a major
>> junction, where the road becomes a dual carriageway, tho, despite it
>> being a mile and a half of standing traffic. The speed the cars seem
>> to move off when the lights change is a little scary, I think they'd
>> rather mow me down than let me in. But I'll get the courage up soon I
>> hope! Thanks
Hi just a quick note to say keep up on your good work on your site and if every one in the world was as enviormentaly aware as you, well we would be in a better state
Well I certainly intend to continue working on this site. As for being environmentally aware, well I do my best. I'm no fanatic, as I said on the about me page I do recycle where practical and cycle where it's more practical than driving; but unfortunately with today's lifestyles owning and using a car does come in handy. But I suppose if everybody just made that small change as I have done (out of sense rather than environmental love) then the world will indeed be in a better state.
Like your site. I've been cycling for years and have just started my commute in London by biyclce and found your filtering section useful.

So I thought I'd pass on a tip from riding in the snow this week! I ride mountain bikes in the main and to kep my feet toasty I used a think base layer sock (from a hiking store) that wicks well and a pair of Sealskinz which are waterproof and breathable socks. Very good and can be bought in Halfords or cycle shops.
A tip I've taken note of. I had heard of Sealskinz before, but had also read some reviews where the users hadn't been keen, hence my not trying them. I may give these a go next winter; watch this space for a review (if I remember).

Just a quick note to say what a great web site you've built there.
Love the site, but what exactly are you doing to campaign for safer cycling? Are you using the site itself to campaign? Also, thanks for the tips on filtering at junctions. Most drivers seem pretty clued-up these days when it comes to cyclists, at least compared to a few years ago, or is it just I'm a safer rider these days?

Keep it up!
With regards campaigning I am a local "Rights to Ride" representative for the CTC. You can find more details on their website here.

The website, although it will be for campaigning a bit, was mostly created in order to be a reference and a guide; containing info such as the filtering document. Most of the other material on my mind at present is still in draft though.

You are right, some drivers are becoming more clued up nowadays. This has been shown statistically that the greater the number of cyclists on the road the safer it becomes for cycling, this is backed up by the figures from European countries where cycling is much more common. This is why I am so passionate about getting people to ride safely on the road, the more that do the safer it becomes! Better for all of us!

The other advantage of regular road cycling, as you have found, is that cyclists tend to become safer as their skills grow.
Nutty... love your website, but.....
That left hand bar end lever that I bought from you just before Christmas never arrived. Do I have to assume that it was lost in the post?
This is the most bizarre mail yet... I did mail back saying I was unaware of what they were talking about (I haven't sold anything) but have had no reply.
Nice hat ! Is that a leather one and did you get it from Oz? I used to have one that I kept for mowing the lawn but I found it got me rather hot. I eventually got a couple of Akubras and still have one now - but I wont be wearing it on any website in the foreseeable future!!
Well I happen to like that hat! It is Australian, but I bought it in Canada.


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