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Roundabouts Versus Stop Signs
Molly Hurford, bicycling.com
Which is faster and safer for cyclists?There are 446 round­abouts in the 2014 Tour de France, accord­ing to French news­pa­per L’Equipe, which is more than any state in the US can boast. The pro pelo­ton, rid­ing on a course closed to…

In the UK it is best to get I to lane beforehand if the traffic lets you and take the same lane as you would if you were in a car. 

I do tend to ride my road bike the same as I would a motorbike round parts of the road, but if you hold up the traffic it’s probably best to sprint if you can.

Roundabouts Versus Stop Signs
Molly Hurford, bicycling.com

Which is faster and safer for cyclists?

There are 446 round­abouts in the 2014 Tour de France, accord­ing to French news­pa­per L’Equipe, which is more than any state in the US can boast. The pro pelo­ton, rid­ing on a course closed to…

In the UK it is best to get I to lane beforehand if the traffic lets you and take the same lane as you would if you were in a car.

I do tend to ride my road bike the same as I would a motorbike round parts of the road, but if you hold up the traffic it’s probably best to sprint if you can.

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First bike ride in a fortnight since I crashed (twice) in one day on tram tracks (trams should be banned, btw).  I figured since I’d done a shedload of miles in the last month that I’d be relatively quick, but was over a minute down on one climb and wheezing like bagpipes, and the ride was tiny.

I’m putting it down to humidity and allergies I think… :-)

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Tips for cycling in hot weather | British Cycling

"Heat exhaustion results from a decrease in blood pressure and blood volume. This is due to the loss of fluids and electrolytes when exposed to the heat for a prolonged period of time. As well as general fatigue, symptoms include, feeling sick, faint and heavy sweating. The skin will be flushed and hot to the touch, heart rate elevated and the rider may also complain of feeling dizzy and appear confused.

“Any rider displaying these symptoms should stop cycling immediately and find somewhere cool out of the sun. They should be given fluids to sip, ideally water or a sports drink, and may be cooled with a wet flannel or light spraying with cool but not cold water. They should recover within 30 minutes but, if they are still displaying symptoms after this time, contact the emergency services.”

In spite of what you might have read on cycle forums about “manning up”, if you start to feel sick out in the heat, take a break and make sure you are hydrated.

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