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by Rob Archer
23 Sep 2019, 4:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 21
Views: 1268

Re: Children learning to ride

Earlier this year I and a friend had the pleasure of teaching a couple of 60+ year-olds to ride! They'd both been given bikes as retirement gifts but dared not admit they'd never learnt to ride! I suspect this is not as unusual as we think. To cut a long story short we had them both riding confident...
by Rob Archer
14 Aug 2019, 12:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 82
Views: 3222

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Define "pointless idling" in a legal sense that will lead to a conviction ..... best of luck ... :) Who needs a conviction? Just make it legal for people to cap the exhausts (which stops the engine, or at least makes it run like a dog and exposes exhaust leaks) and hand out free bungs and...
by Rob Archer
23 Jul 2019, 8:47am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mournes and County Down
Replies: 4
Views: 2014

Re: Mournes and County Down

Here a couple of my rides that should be useful. You could use the first one to do a loop through the Mournes from Annalong. Just cut across from Bryansford to Newcastle. The second one is the route for the 2016 Gran Fondo. Its a hilly route but avoids main roads and will take you right to Belfast ...
by Rob Archer
22 Jul 2019, 5:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mournes and County Down
Replies: 4
Views: 2014

Mournes and County Down

I'm staying with my brother in Annalong (on the coast road between Kilkeel and Newcastle) in early september. I'll be arriving by bike from Dundalk via the Greenore - Greencastle ferry. I've got a couple of questions for anyone who knows the area: 1) Any recommended day rides through the Mournes? Li...
by Rob Archer
5 Apr 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement frame for folding bike
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Replacement frame for folding bike

The frame of my Viking VN45 has cracked at the top of the seat tube. It's partly my own fault. I'm 5'10" and 92kg and the seat post has been at it's maximum extension. I bought the bike second and was always a bit concerned that the seatpost diameter was only 27.2mm which seemed rather thin for...
by Rob Archer
25 Mar 2019, 7:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 5mph signs on national cycle route 1
Replies: 36
Views: 5433

Re: 5mph signs on national cycle route 1

The latest on the 5mph debacle. Just to make it clear, the 'vandalism' (some of which may have been the wind) wasn't perpetrated by any regular poster on this forum AFAIK!
https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/officia ... d-9065117/
by Rob Archer
10 Mar 2019, 4:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 5mph signs on national cycle route 1
Replies: 36
Views: 5433

5mph signs on national cycle route 1

5mph signs have recently gone up in Wootton Park in King's Lynn on National Cycle Network Route. I know they have no legal standing and aren't enforceable but will certainly increase antipathy to cyclists and possibly set a precedent for elsewhere on the network. It looks as though they were sanctio...
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: 860

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: 12
Views: 4225

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: 174
Views: 16075

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: 9631

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: 17897

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: 5351

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: 391

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: 1162

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...