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by MikeL
23 Dec 2010, 11:51am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Stop Headway
Replies: 373
Views: 22416

Re: Stop Headway

IIRC you are wrong - more than half are on the carriageway, not sure what the blame apportionment is. Whilst it is a "constipated, Holmes?" to point out that that it's far easer to kill a pedestrian with a car, even on the pavement, perception is otherwise. Oh the benefits of fact free ar...
by MikeL
23 Dec 2010, 10:55am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Stop Headway
Replies: 373
Views: 22416

Re: Stop Headway

We do not know * where* these bike/ped collisions occurred. I suspect most or all of them were on the pavement. If I am correct, then those of us who always ride on the road represent a risk to the public of near enough to zero to make no practical difference. The pedestrian fatality rate *may* be a...
by MikeL
20 Dec 2010, 7:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Two killed by 4x4
Replies: 97
Views: 4023

Re: Two killed by 4x4

Apologies if it was here that I saw the following, but hoping it was not:

the singular of data? anecdote.

the plural of anecdote? anecdata

:D

Mike
by MikeL
10 Dec 2010, 11:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lighter bikes a waste of money???
Replies: 50
Views: 4516

Re: Lighter bikes a waste of money???

Typical example (and the BMJ is a good place for it) of dreadful methodology with the conclusion that any difference was insignificant amongst all the noise. Just so folks know: there is a very long tradition of the BMJ running faintly amusing spoof pseudo-scientific articles at Christmas time. Mike
by MikeL
10 Dec 2010, 3:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lighter bikes a waste of money???
Replies: 50
Views: 4516

Re: Lighter bikes a waste of money???

Funnily enough I am getting times of about 2 hours 30 minutes now in the winter instead of of 2 hours exactly in the summer I put this down to riding my steel bike with 35mm Winter Marathons <snip> 2.5 hours on WMs!! After all winter stirring treacle with your legs you're going to fly come summer :...
by MikeL
10 Dec 2010, 1:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Andalucia
Replies: 12
Views: 4630

Re: Cycling in Andalucia

The famous sights in Andalucia are famous for very good reason! IMO the following are an absolute must-see once in the life of any European: El Alcázar in Sevilla, la Alhambra in Granada and la Mesquita in Cordoba. The Alhambra requires on-line prebooking (limited numbers per day). If you do go I'd ...
by MikeL
10 Dec 2010, 1:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lighter bikes a waste of money???
Replies: 50
Views: 4516

Re: Lighter bikes a waste of money???

For 50 quid his steel bike looks like a real bargain (hopefully not a 'too good to be true' ebay/gumtree job)! One of the things that struck me was the downward trend in journey time. It's a pity he doesn't have a full season. It's only natural that if your mind is on journey time data that you migh...
by MikeL
9 Dec 2010, 11:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Morocco - pictures
Replies: 17
Views: 1334

Re: Cycling in Morocco - pictures

Like everyone else, I admire both the cycling and the photography. In cycling terms I am most envious of the hairpins; but in photography terms I am most envious of the straight flat road leading to mountains, because as far as I can tell, you have got it exactly symmetrical - whenever I try doing ...
by MikeL
5 Dec 2010, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: studded tyres have limitations
Replies: 19
Views: 1966

Re: studded tyres have limitations

belgiangoth wrote:Surely the answer is to ride in the primary position and stick to the road?


Indeed: my point being that riding on the road in primary on semi-compacted snow requires skills more akin to MTB riding on loose surfaces. This is a department in which I personally am somewhat lacking :)

Mike
by MikeL
3 Dec 2010, 10:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: studded tyres have limitations
Replies: 19
Views: 1966

Re: studded tyres have limitations

First week on mine (w-marathons) as well: agree with the above experiences. I found that snowy road-riding is a new skill that I had to learn, and I was a lot better at it today than on Tuesday. I found that the main trick is to keep my weight off the h/bars at all costs, hold them loosly, and not o...
by MikeL
25 Nov 2010, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Memory Map Software
Replies: 6
Views: 683

Re: Memory Map Software

Have you thought of openstreetmap? The coverage is pretty good, and the price is unbeatable.

No idea about the specific device, btw, but that should be easy enough to find out.
Mike
by MikeL
13 Nov 2010, 10:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Studded tyres in Leeds
Replies: 4
Views: 526

Re: Studded tyres in Leeds

I'm all for supporting Spa :D So am I, but they sold out in no time flat! Is seems that the importers are useless: don't bring in enough, and can't say when they'll get more (April, most likely!) Ordered mine from bike24. I'm thinking of them as a talisman against a hard winter. If there's no snow ...
by MikeL
29 Sep 2010, 11:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks B17 Standard or Narrow
Replies: 21
Views: 10307

Re: Brooks B17 Standard or Narrow

Have you considered and rejected these?

I recently got both a med and a small and think they are excellent value, light and easy to fit to any saddle I've ever seen.
by MikeL
25 Sep 2010, 8:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The right grease
Replies: 67
Views: 183101

Re: The right grease

I'd take one (SHCPM 460)
by MikeL
17 Sep 2010, 10:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture kit advice please?
Replies: 21
Views: 1662

Re: Puncture kit advice please?

I've recently added an old-fashioned razor blade to my repair kit, after a couple of failed patches. The problem is that the protruding seam on a tube is located just so that the hole tends to be adjacent to it. The blade pares the seam back to flush beautifully. (Yes, sandpaper does too, but *crude...