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by porky
31 Jul 2013, 2:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Critical Mass
Replies: 11
Views: 7909

Re: Critical Mass

I thought about joining a Birmingahm CM ride. The publicity on the internet made it sound like a fun thing to do and a large cyclist presence on the road might educate a driver or two ... then I saw the videos on YouTube. It became apparent that these rides are about irritating motorised road users ...
by porky
26 Jun 2013, 2:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes
Replies: 39
Views: 5755

Re: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes

The highways department tell me the TRO is not available online. They can send me details of its contents but they want a £55 fee for doing that. They have given me the date the notice was published so I could look it up in the library's newspaper archive, except Birmingham Central Library is moving...
by porky
26 Jun 2013, 1:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How much improvement in new bike?
Replies: 39
Views: 2772

Re: How much improvement in new bike?

Of course all things considered the correct answer is: Buy a new bike. You know you want to.... :D I bought a new bike this week :D I've gone from a Specialized Rockhopper with knobblies to a Scott Metrix. I haven't done any timings but it certainly feels faster. Maybe it's the big wheels and smoot...
by porky
26 Jun 2013, 1:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Stupid motorist on club run
Replies: 42
Views: 2901

Re: Stupid motorist on club run

Some drivers (often, for some reason, in small cars) seem to have a real problem overtaking cyclists and will sit on your tail for ages when they could reasonably overtake. I like to help them out, I wait until I think it is safe for them to pass then look back, smile and wave them past.
by porky
24 Jun 2013, 6:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes
Replies: 39
Views: 5755

Re: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes

Thank you everyone for your extremely helpful replies. The whole situation is a bit of a mess. If a bunch of experienced cyclists and drivers are having so much difficulty deciding what the law really is then what hope is there for the averge 'bloke on the street' who may not want to devote so much ...
by porky
24 Jun 2013, 4:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes
Replies: 39
Views: 5755

Re: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes

Things are becoming clearer, I think. I assume there is a TRO which allows contraflow cycling in the road where this cycle lane has been installed. It's hard to say any more than that as TROs are almost impossible to find online and I wouldn't know who to contact at the council to get details of the...
by porky
24 Jun 2013, 1:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes
Replies: 39
Views: 5755

Re: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes

snibgo wrote:Do a Danny MacAskill and cycle over the car?

...and bunny-hop over the blue lights on the roof :D
by porky
24 Jun 2013, 1:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Different cities, different mentality
Replies: 1
Views: 531

Different cities, different mentality

I ride every day in Birmingham city centre. A place where there are not too many cyclists, compared to the number of cars, and a good proportion of car drivers are pretty intolerant towards cyclists. I recently visited London for a few days. I was surprised that the behaviour of drivers, especially ...
by porky
24 Jun 2013, 1:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking in contraflow cycle lanes
Replies: 39
Views: 5755

Parking in contraflow cycle lanes

What is the correct course of action when one finds a contraflow cycle lane completely blocked by a parked vehicle? IMG00243-20130607-1244.jpg I can't ride on the footpath (illegal) and I can't cross the white line and ride against the oncoming traffic (illegal and stupidly dangerous). The picture i...
by porky
18 Jul 2012, 6:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.
Replies: 286
Views: 21471

Re: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.

On the one hand you see a cyclist risking injury to the cyclist as they judge gaps around slow traffic On the other hand...... a motorist risking injury to the cyclist as they judge gaps around a (possibly fast) moving cyclist The point here is that if drivers see us riding in a way which places us...
by porky
18 Jul 2012, 1:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.
Replies: 286
Views: 21471

Re: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.

There is a problem of double standards here. Whilst most agree that the lorry overtook the cyclist far too close, this is exactly the same amount of space that the cyclist used to overtake the lorry, and more space than the cyclist allowed between himself and the white car. If we want drivers to giv...
by porky
29 May 2012, 10:47pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Woolly Hat Shop
Replies: 14
Views: 43922

Re: Woolly Hat Shop

Dealt with them a few times. Never had a problem. Fast delivery.
by porky
21 May 2012, 1:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trans pennine - Hills?
Replies: 11
Views: 2932

Re: Trans pennine - Hills?

If you are doing it in three days then I suspect all of the serious hills will be on day 2. From memory of riding it five years ago, there are some sharp hills as you get out of Greater Manchester and then one which I walked as you climb a rough track to the summit of the route after the old railway...
by porky
10 May 2012, 12:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ridiculous statements need debunking (Trans Pennine Trail))
Replies: 34
Views: 8165

Re: Ridiculous statements need debunking (Trans Pennine Trai

I have ridden the whole TPT a couple of times, it is my favourite coast-to-coast ride. Some bit are slow, some bits are bumpy and one bit is, for me at least, get off and push. For me, three and a half days with camping gear would be a bit ambitious, I did it in five days and stayed in B&Bs or h...
by porky
24 Apr 2012, 1:02pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Entry Level Mountain Bike £300-£400
Replies: 8
Views: 85044

Re: Entry Level Mountain Bike £300-£400

I would be a bit worried about a used mountain bike. Some take an awful lot of abuse, mine does :) I would think about a hybrid for the type of use you have described, but if you really want a mountain bike then I would also consider my old favourite, the Specialized Hardrock. Prices from £300 for t...