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by Rob Archer
11 Feb 2019, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Radial Front Wheel build - spokes inside or outside the hub?
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Radial Front Wheel build - spokes inside or outside the hub?

I'm building a front wheel with radial spokes for the first time. 32 spokes on Ambrosio wide-flange hubs, Chrina Ryde rims. Should the spokes be run from the inside of the hub flange, the outside or alternating? To my untutored mind, running them from the outside would result in a laterally stiffer ...
by Rob Archer
10 Feb 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close pass by rail replacement bus
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Re: Close pass by rail replacement bus

Bus replacement services are usually contracted by the train operator, not Network Rail so take it up with them. Unfortunately bus replacement is a fact of life (you can't replace track and run trains at the same time) but train operators have responsibility to ensure it's done safely. I dealt with ...
by Rob Archer
13 Jan 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Trucks Do Not Have Cyclist-Obscuring Blind Spots
Replies: 161
Views: 7375

Re: Trucks Do Not Have Cyclist-Obscuring Blind Spots

A propos of nothing, a large white van has just driven up my street and back down. On the offside back door there was a prominently displayed sticker showing the NO CYCLING road sign - black bike within a red circle. That's the attitude we are discussing. Is that not misuse of a road sign? AIUI tha...
by Rob Archer
1 Dec 2018, 10:39am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Cycle Training UK to close
Replies: 5
Views: 4110

Re: Cycle Training UK to close

Bikeability is brought to you by the gig economy and short-term and zero-hours contracts :( Unfortunately the nature of the training makes that the only viable option and, to be fair, it works for most of us, who are just topping up another income (in my case a pension). I can take work as and when...
by Rob Archer
3 Nov 2018, 5:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cost of Underpasses
Replies: 57
Views: 17392

Re: Cost of Underpasses

I've been following this project with interest as my wife is starting a new job in Soham next week. She plans to travel by train to Ely then cycle. When the weather's OK she'll use NCN11 but there's a mile of unsurfaced, muddy track near Barway which can be all but impassible in really wet weather a...
by Rob Archer
25 Sep 2018, 9:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Children to be banned from riding bikes without number plates.
Replies: 138
Views: 4736

Re: Children to be banned from riding bikes without number plates.

Maybe the parents of kids who ride bikes to the school should inundate the head with reports of car drivers misbehaving (parking on the footway, driving whilst on the phone, not indicating, passing cyclists and pedestrians too closely etc, etc.around the school and demanding action against those dri...
by Rob Archer
29 Jul 2018, 8:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ely to Soham via NCN Route 11
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Ely to Soham via NCN Route 11

The ride to Soham was fine thanks. Apart from the new bit under the new bypass the riverside path is awful! I rode it as part of the NCN '10 000 miles in 10 years a decade or so ago and Sustrans told us back then that it was being upgraded and surfaced all the way to Barway. None of it appears to ha...
by Rob Archer
24 Jul 2018, 7:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle transport: train, car, bus..?
Replies: 28
Views: 1073

Re: Cycle transport: train, car, bus..?

I don't have a car and where I can't cycle because of distance I use the train. Taking a bike on the train isn't the ordeal some on here make it out to be. Book in good time (a couple of months but no more than 12 weeks ahead as services can change). It's usually easier to book at a station rather t...
by Rob Archer
18 Jul 2018, 11:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ely to Soham via NCN Route 11
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Ely to Soham via NCN Route 11

I've got a couple of days working in Soham next week and will ride from Ely. I'm not a fan of the A142 (fast and lots of trucks). I would usually ride out along the Great Ouse riverbank to Barway then back roads but I've heard a rumour that this route is closed because of the works building the new ...
by Rob Archer
16 Jul 2018, 8:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close passes help
Replies: 36
Views: 2112

Re: Close passes help

In my experience drivers pass me leaving roughly the same amount of space as I leave between me and the kerb. So if I ride about 1.5m out they tend to give me 1.5m of space. If i really don't want to be overtaken closely (or at all) on approach to a junction, traffic island, or when cars approaching...
by Rob Archer
11 May 2018, 10:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: IAM Survey - hidden agenda?
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: IAM Survey - hidden agenda?

iam posted last time, promised to share the results but did not do so, is it a trustworthy and serious organisation? is the bad, british association of drivers involved? I did a bit of research into the IAM when they abrubtly dropped their very positive cycling department and the 'How to be a bette...
by Rob Archer
11 May 2018, 7:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: IAM Survey - hidden agenda?
Replies: 4
Views: 643

IAM Survey - hidden agenda?

The Institute of Advanced Motorists is currently running a survey on cycling safety 'for government consultation'. Some of the questions look to me as if they have a hidden agenda. In particular the questions about compulsory training and allowing cyclists to ride on the pavement. The IAM is certain...
by Rob Archer
5 Feb 2018, 9:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: South Holland DC destroys £10k worth of vintage bikes on basis that they are 'rubbish' and garages are for 'vehicles'
Replies: 28
Views: 2325

Re: South Holland DC destroys £10k worth of vintage bikes on basis that they are 'rubbish' and garages are for 'vehicles

We have a similar, ongoing situation where I live. There is a small car park off the street that is surrounded by garages/lock-ups. A few years ago the borough council transferred all their housing stock to a housing association. Included in the transfer were the car park and garages. Many local res...
by Rob Archer
21 Jan 2018, 7:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Malta?
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Malta?

I'm spending a week in Malta in February. It's a family holiday and visiting my daughter (who lives there). I went for a few days last year but didn't get a chance to look up cycle hire. I might be able to negotiate a day or two to myself this year and wouldn't mind exploring some quieter corners by...
by Rob Archer
8 Oct 2017, 8:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles
Replies: 33
Views: 3417

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles

Picked up my new Surly Disc Trucker from Spa Cycles yesterday (awesome bike!) complete with GB Aspin saddle. It's excellent. Beautifully finished and quite comfortable from the off - even without padded shorts. One more question - as with all leather saddles it needs 'feeding'. Do I have to use GB's...