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by George Riches
25 Mar 2011, 8:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling set to be banned from Stevenage town centre
Replies: 24
Views: 1983

Re: Cycling set to be banned from Stevenage town centre

Some years ago there was a concerted attempt to get cycling banned from the pedestrianised area in Coventry. The council sucessfully resisted the pressure pointing out that a by-law would cost money and wouldn't make any difference on the ground. A better approach might have been ASBOs on the indivi...
by George Riches
24 Jan 2011, 9:38am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Subsidising motorists
Replies: 221
Views: 12693

Re: Subsidising motorists

Would shifting the £5 billion a year from rail to road building decrease the time those people take to get to/from work? What impact would it have on those people who currently use cars to commute to the hearts of our largest cities? I'm not suggesting building more roads in London. I'm just pointi...
by George Riches
22 Jan 2011, 12:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Subsidising motorists
Replies: 221
Views: 12693

Re: Subsidising motorists

Much of the subsidy to public transport operators should be included as the main reason to subsidise public transport is that it's a cheaper way of keeping congestion in check than building new roads. You think so. Rail subsidy is 5 billion a year yet rail accounts for only a trivial proption of jo...
by George Riches
21 Jan 2011, 9:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Subsidising motorists
Replies: 221
Views: 12693

Re: Subsidising motorists

I'm irritated by the confusion between the government (or more correctly the State) and the country (or more correctly Society). please elucidate. surely the state/government has been selected by the people/society to serve the latter's needs? But not all needs. I might employ a cleaner for my hous...
by George Riches
21 Jan 2011, 4:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Subsidising motorists
Replies: 221
Views: 12693

Re: Subsidising motorists

We can do a back-of-the-envelope calculation: Expenditure: - roads £21.86b (tsgb0115.xls) (The Sun includes this, as £9.1b) - accidents £15.8b - £30b - congestion (urban only) £10.9 - physical inactivity (I won't include this, but the point is arguable) zero - road traffic noise £3b - £5b - carbon ...
by George Riches
6 Jan 2011, 9:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?
Replies: 25
Views: 3243

Re: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?

If someone finds they their feet/hands are unfortably cold in circumstances when 95% of other people have no discomfort, it's probably worthwhile seeking medical advice. But it's quite a different matter if 50% or more of your companions are also complaining.
by George Riches
5 Jan 2011, 9:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?
Replies: 25
Views: 3243

Re: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?

I tried 3 pairs of socks plus neoprene overshoes last Sunday. After 90 mins my feet were cold. Perhaps the CTC "codgers & loiterers" cycle too slowly?
by George Riches
30 Dec 2010, 2:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?
Replies: 25
Views: 3243

Re: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?

... the logical thing to do would be to do away with the batteries altogether and wire them up - via a suitable adaptor - to a dynamo. I did buy a pair of insoles last March - it's difficult to resist the temptation to buy something at the toy shop, err Maplins. Each insole is powered by 4.5 volts ...
by George Riches
30 Dec 2010, 9:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?
Replies: 25
Views: 3243

Re: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?

Maybe try thicker trousers and warmer hats before spending money on bigger shoes or heated insoles/gloves. When your blood is a bit cold, the blood vessels close to the skin contract to reduce further heat loss from the blood. Unfortunately this means that the outer parts of your body get unpleasant...
by George Riches
29 Dec 2010, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?
Replies: 25
Views: 3243

Re: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?

... Rechargeables are the only viable option, unless you're very rich because they'll eat a set of Duracells in one ride. So if you forget to re-charge your batteries or you go out on a longer than usual ride? ... Reminds me of relying on batteries for lighting. Ski mittens are good, although they ...
by George Riches
29 Dec 2010, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?
Replies: 25
Views: 3243

Re: Anyone tried Maplins heated gloves and insoles?

There's a bit of a discussion here.

I've gone for shoes which are four sizes two big (46 instead of 42) and three pairs of socks (two thin, 1 thick). What do you do when the batteries go flat? Rechargables?
by George Riches
17 Dec 2010, 6:51pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Freak accident - helmet may have prevented serious injury
Replies: 6
Views: 1219

Re: Freak accident - helmet may have prevented serious injury

Perhaps steerer tubes need to be taken out and examined every 10,000 miles? On one bike I had nasty rust holes developed at the bottom bracket after 11,000 miles. But that was easy to spot. Also the bike had a manufacturing flaw - holes for bolt-ons were left unplugged and there was no hole at the b...
by George Riches
16 Nov 2010, 10:43am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Is cycling being oversold as free?
Replies: 74
Views: 4473

Re: Is cycling being oversold as free?

Many status seeking employees would be more aroused by the prospect of a key to the executive wc or traveling 1st class on trains than a car.

No doubt there are workplaces where people show off how expensive a bicycle they are worth
by George Riches
15 Nov 2010, 7:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Is cycling being oversold as free?
Replies: 74
Views: 4473

Re: Is cycling being oversold as free?

I think we do all acknowledge this. We know there is a cost to possessing a bike, and an extra cost per mile. Some folk on these forums calculated about 2p per mile, IIRC. Ignoring the purchase price doesn't make sense to me. The more you use a bicycle the quicker the parts wear out and the sooner ...
by George Riches
3 Nov 2010, 8:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Unwise Undertake?
Replies: 51
Views: 4062

Re: Unwise Undertake?

Well I think it's useful to highlight infrastructure which only the most careful can use safely. It may seem a criticism of the user but it's really a criticism of the designer. The more the general public understands about the dangers, the greater the pressure on highway engineers to do better. It ...