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by jgurney
17 Jul 2021, 9:22am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

Zulu Eleven wrote: 16 Jul 2021, 9:40pm If you want to ride on a surface suitable for road bikes, then you ought to be riding on the road.
Are we talking about a route connecting two towns intended to be a useful cycle transport link, or a leisure facility intended for people using specialist rough-surface suitable bikes?
by jgurney
31 May 2021, 2:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris's Brain is missing
Replies: 849
Views: 21433

Re: Boris's Brain is missing

Ben@Forest wrote: 31 May 2021, 2:20pm he has at least six children, plus, allegedly, a child from an extramarital relationship.
It appears that in his own opinion all his children are illegitimate. He was allowed to make this marriage on the basis that his two past apparent marriages were in fact invalid and so had never really existed in the eyes of his church. By entering into the marriage presumably he has in effect declared that he accepts this position to be true.

There had been a joke going around earlier to the effect that the man who gave us the Boris bus and the Boris bike had now given us the Boris . There now appear to be, at least in their father's opinion, several such.
by jgurney
22 Feb 2021, 11:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London to birmingham route
Replies: 9
Views: 668

Re: London to birmingham route

ceddlyburge wrote: I'm planning a london to birmingham trip

Is that centre to centre, or suburb to suburb? If it is between suburban points, then given the size of each city, a route from, say, Longbridge to Loughton would be quite different to one from Solihull to Uxbridge.
by jgurney
13 Jan 2021, 4:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting Luggage
Replies: 26
Views: 1277

Re: Commuting Luggage

I use a pair of panniers, as seen below. Room for work bag, jacket, shopping picked up on route, etc.

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by jgurney
7 Jan 2021, 6:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Want to sell my car in order to cycle
Replies: 73
Views: 2785

Re: Want to sell my car in order to cycle

S.1234 wrote: I feel stopping driving could benefit me.

Financially, I feel like I am always penny pinching with owning a car. My car insurance has been a fortune

Having no car does not faze me, as a matter of fact I actually enjoy my current 10 minute walk as part of my journey to work after getting off the bus. I live in Glasgow so there are quite a lot of cyclists


Those are very good reasons for not owning a car. You can get about without one and both your health and your wallet would benefit from getting rid of it.

I am so scared about what people will think if I sell my car

If you think about it, that does not make sense. Why should any sensible person think anything much of it? I got rid of my last one several years ago and have never felt any urge to get another.
by jgurney
7 Jan 2021, 6:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist badly injured - a result!
Replies: 11
Views: 890

Re: Cyclist badly injured - a result!

peetee wrote: Please don’t judge the passengers for the actions of the driver.

In this case the passengers ran away along with the driver, rather than staying to assist the victim or the police.
by jgurney
4 Jan 2021, 4:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 516
Views: 24461

Dutch Bike Bits will no longer supply UK customers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55530721 'EU firms refuse UK deliveries over Brexit tax changes'

"Bicycle part firm Dutch Bike Bits said from now on, it would ship to every country in the world except the UK. 'We are forced by British policy to stop dealing with British customers,' it said on its website."

"The moves follow changes in VAT rules brought in by HM Revenue and Customs on 1 January. VAT is now being collected at the point of sale rather than at the point of importation, a change that HMRC says will ensure that goods from EU and non-EU countries are treated in the same way. This essentially means that overseas retailers sending goods to the UK are expected to register for UK VAT and account for it to HMRC if the sale value is less than €150 (£135).
'For providing this service, [HMRC] intend to charge a fee to every company in the world in every country in the world which exports to the UK,' said Dutch Bike Bits on its website. 'Clearly this is ludicrous for one country, but imagine if every country in the world had the same idea. If every country decided to behave in the same way, then we would have to pay 195 fees every year, keep up with the changes in taxation law for 195 different countries, keep accounts on behalf of 195 different countries and submit payments to 195 tax offices in 195 different countries, and jump through whatever hoops were required to prove that we were doing all of this honestly and without any error.'
Dutch Bike Bits said it had many customers within the UK and would like to be able to trade with them. 'Not being able to send parcels to the UK does not work in any way in our favour and it is not what we wanted,' the firm added. 'If you're angry about this, and you may well be so, please contact your elected representative in the UK.
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by jgurney
2 Jan 2021, 3:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Missing cyclist off the A82
Replies: 35
Views: 8772

Re: Missing cyclist off the A82

The BBC report that two men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Mr Parsons.

BBC News - Men arrested over cyclist Tony Parsons disappearance
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... l-55514866
by jgurney
1 Jan 2021, 4:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Identity of cyclist killed in Boston crash sought
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: Identity of cyclist hurt in Boston crash sought

The article reads:

"The identity of a cyclist with a missing finger who was seriously injured in a crash is being sought by police. The man, believed to be a Romanian national, was hit by a car near Boston, Lincolnshire, on Thursday night. Officers said they believe he lives in the area and the force urgently wants to make contact with his next of kin. A 35-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man arrested at the scene remain in police custody. The force said the man, who is missing his left ring finger, was cycling towards the A17 at the time of the crash. He collided with a silver Ford Tourneo on the A1121 Boardsides at about 21:15 GMT, police said. Officers have asked anyone who saw the cyclist or have dashcam footage to contact them."

Presumably the victim is unconscious and had no identification upon him.
by jgurney
29 Dec 2020, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mysterious hole
Replies: 15
Views: 839

Re: Mysterious hole

rmurphy195 wrote: treat as scrap to be on the safe side.

Seconded!
by jgurney
29 Dec 2020, 5:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Do you like / love driving a motor vehicle? Vote now please!
Replies: 122
Views: 4139

Re: Do you like / love driving a motor vehicle? Vote now please!

Motor vehicle - yes, occasionally. Car - no.

I have not owned a car for several years, but do sometimes drive freight or minibuses for charities, helping friends move house, etc. I do quite enjoy driving a larger vehicle, especially in circumstances where the gain is probably worth the marginal environmental impact (e.g. it avoids multiple car journeys being made).

I am amused at the number of times car-devotees turn to me, that critic of the motor-focused lifestyle, to drive vans and minibuses for them because, as they acknowledge, they are too frightened of anything bigger than their cars to do so themselves.
by jgurney
29 Dec 2020, 5:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Buses (and coaches).. Why? Why not?
Replies: 58
Views: 2468

Re: Buses (and coaches).. Why? Why not?

mumbojumbo wrote:The question posed implies people choose to use buses etc. .... This type of topic must be raised by someone from a sheltered/privileged background.


Your point in turn implies that people don't choose to use them, i.e. that the only people who use buses are those with no other choice. That is by no means so. I'm sure I am not the only person who has decided not to buy a car and prefers to use the range of other options available, including buses. In fact I think one of the things holding back the development of buses in Britain is this misguided perception that they are a distress purchase and that using them somehow lowers the status of the user.
by jgurney
13 Dec 2020, 8:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1940
Views: 46470

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Cyril Haearn wrote:Jskd:
You may not answer my question, I am not reading your posts
Leave me alone!


Hardly in the spirit of Christmas.
by jgurney
10 Dec 2020, 7:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist died after relying on rear brake on Dales descent due to failed front brake
Replies: 50
Views: 3800

Re: Cyclist died after relying on rear brake on Dales descent due to failed front brake

Ride-sleep-repeat wrote:The article states he was an Engineer so surely changing disc brake pads shouldn't have been a problem for him.

It states he was an electrical engineer, so he may not have been particularly knowledgeable about mechanical matters.
by jgurney
6 Dec 2020, 5:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loading top of rear rack
Replies: 118
Views: 4822

Re: Loading top of rear rack

Cyclewala wrote:When fitting tent and sleeping bag on top of the rack, is there a consensus on the preferred direction - horizontal or perpendicular to the rack?


Ours goes longitudinally or horizontal, as shown below. It is old Saunders Basecamp and quite large packed, so it would be too wide if mounted crosswise, as well as blocking access to the panniers.

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