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by thirdcrank
23 Jun 2018, 5:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Riding no hands?
Replies: 21
Views: 833

Re: Riding no hands?

I think the test of the bike might be to try to wheel it in a straight line holding only the saddle. If the steering flops about, that might be a danger sign. Also, riding no hands you can steer round a corner just by leaning and I think the same would apply to wheeling it holding the saddle, althou...
by thirdcrank
23 Jun 2018, 3:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 69
Views: 1246

Re: Swapping penalty points

... He was as I remember it brought down because he was having an affair and his wife/partner decided to dish the dirt on him. Bringing the sky down on both of them. Otherwise nobody would ever have known. While it's right that the rest of society might never have known, IIRC, his son was also awar...
by thirdcrank
23 Jun 2018, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone speak Campag?
Replies: 12
Views: 457

Re: Anyone speak Campag?

... What does Campy=?? It's an alternative to the adjective "camp" although I think it's rarely used in that sense. As Brucey points out it's Campag over here, but there's a trend - along similar lines to "fixie" - for its being used here instead of Campag. For those of a certai...
by thirdcrank
23 Jun 2018, 11:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 69
Views: 1246

Re: Swapping penalty points

... The one excuse, which is where the car owner honestly cannot recall who was driving at the time, bears consideration. I recall, some years ago, staying at my sister's for the weekend. At breakfast, there were several letters including one official-looking one which turned out to be - you guesse...
by thirdcrank
23 Jun 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Riding no hands?
Replies: 21
Views: 833

Re: Riding no hands?

So it seems that I should have learnt this trick about 50 years ago. I must say that I was almost tempted to try it yesterday on a flat, smooth bit of empty cycle track. But it was a canal towpath, not far from where I took an involuntary “dip” a few years ago (that was a “tramlining” accident, not...
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 5:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Police Scotland victim blaming Campaign
Replies: 41
Views: 1102

Re: Police Scotland victim blaming Campaign

From the link: ... Pedestrians who walk when they are distracted by mobile phones are commonly referred to as Smombies (smart phone zombies) are at particular risk, and I am appealing to them to be aware of their surroundings at all times. ... I'd have assumed that this bit at least would have met w...
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 5:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Triathlete hits horse on road. Shameful!
Replies: 94
Views: 2707

Re: Triathlete hits horse on road. Shameful!

Perhaps some grey area quasi-cycle racing goes unenforced? I've a vague memory that when the Cycle Racing on Highways regs 1960 were introduced, that was the first legislation to mention time trials. Apart from the number of competitors being restricted to 120, setting of at one minute intervals etc...
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 3:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Triathlete hits horse on road. Shameful!
Replies: 94
Views: 2707

Re: Triathlete hits horse on road. Shameful!

What about horse racing on roads? Around here, it tends to be at 0600 on Sunday morning on the A 650 Drighlington bypass, and I wouldn't give odds on a cyclist's survival if they ignored the self-appointed marshals. :lol: A couple of years ago I saw something on telly about the Kiplincotes Derby whi...
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 1:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should items be offered in the For Sale section which are only available for purchase elsewhere ?
Replies: 25
Views: 543

Re: Should items be offered in the For Sale section which are only available for purchase elsewhere ?

I've not been a big user of ebay because I'm at the stage in my life where I have more junk to get rid of than I want to buy. I'd rather give stuff away than have the hassle of selling it. On the rare occasions when I have bought off ebay I've been very pleased, especially by being able to get hard-...
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help: looking for the perfect crankset to fit with 7 speed Shimano Nexus gear hub
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Help: looking for the perfect crankset to fit with 7 speed Shimano Nexus gear hub

There is a Shimano Nexus chainset:- https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/chainsets/33-shimano-nexus-fcc6000-single-chainset-silver-170-mm/ I see that the current version there is available with 33 or 38T Mine - of a much earlier vintage - came on a complete bike with 33T and an 18T sprocket. I was immeasurab...
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 8:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 69
Views: 1246

Re: Swapping penalty points

A couple of points :oops: from gaz's more detailed link: It's reported that some drivers take somebody else's points because they are, themselves, already disqualified. As it's not just the points but all the consequences of conviction they are accepting, falsely admitting driving whilst disqualifie...
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 7:49am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 69
Views: 1246

Re: Swapping penalty points

It's clearly not peer-reviewed academic research, but unless this is to be dismissed outright as a publicity stunt - and one which might backfire - then I still find it disturbing. It's hard to see that insurance companies have an interest in normalising lawbreaking.
by thirdcrank
22 Jun 2018, 6:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 69
Views: 1246

Re: Swapping penalty points

It's the extent to which this is said to occur which startles me. I appreciate that not all adults hold a driving licence but that doesn't necessarily define the extent of those who see this as ok. It suggests, for example, that in trials of more serious cases, at least a couple of jurors may typica...
by thirdcrank
21 Jun 2018, 9:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 69
Views: 1246

Swapping penalty points

It's been widely reported today that research by Co-operative Insurance suggests that a fifth of drivers have falsely admitted to being the driver of a motor vehicle during the investigation of an alleged offence to shelter another driver from the penalty points. https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/6588...
by thirdcrank
21 Jun 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should items be offered in the For Sale section which are only available for purchase elsewhere ?
Replies: 25
Views: 543

Re: Should items be offered in the For Sale section which are only available for purchase elsewhere ?

While I understand what's being discussed, I'm not at all clear about the underlying factors. Were the complaints based on a feeling that the forum was being exploited or something to do with ebay? Or something else? So far, I've not voted because I'm a "don't know" rather than a "don...