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by rmurphy195
17 Feb 2019, 6:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 47
Views: 1518

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

To go back to where this thread started: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" IMO this statement is the wrong way around. For "Modern Traffic" read ""Driver Behaviour" - but I'll use the "Modern Traffic" label ... "Modern Traffic", ...
by rmurphy195
14 Feb 2019, 11:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 47
Views: 1518

"Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

"Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" IMO this statement is the wrong way around. For "Modern Traffic" read ""Driver Behaviour" - but I'll use the "Modern Traffic" label ... "Modern Traffic", in fact, can't cope with/doesn't allow for...
by rmurphy195
8 Feb 2019, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Galaxy Steel Frame repair advice please
Replies: 31
Views: 2678

Re: Galaxy Steel Frame repair advice please

Hi Bikes4two I can understand your comments ref favourite bike of all time - the frame (bent) and forks of my trusty '93 galaxy are still in the shed, stripped of all parts, 'cos I couldn't bear to part with it, it's part of my history! But even in my late 60's I took the difficult decision to move ...
by rmurphy195
8 Feb 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: HV or HP hand pump
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: HV or HP hand pump

I use one of these https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-pumps/halfords-metal-track-bike-pump-with-gauge It's good enough for up to 80-90psi (just!) on my tourer and Brompton, and tops up the car tyres as well! Switchable Presta and Schrader head If I needed higher pressures its har...
by rmurphy195
4 Feb 2019, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good
Replies: 29
Views: 2297

Re: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good

The problem with fitting smaller chainrings is that the front changer has to sit lower - which may leave it fouling the chainstay, If you don't have a band-on front changer then you may not have as much scope to change.
by rmurphy195
3 Feb 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New chain - degrease or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 2603

Re: New chain - degrease or not?

Never bothered to degrease new chain. I run 2 or 3 chains in rotation, the new chain goes on as it is supplied, then gets cleaned/lubed in rotation, more often in winter (sometimes weekly, or when ridden on wet salty roads!) than in summer. Lasts thousands of miles.
by rmurphy195
29 Jan 2019, 7:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks B17 replacement for Wet Weather Riding?
Replies: 26
Views: 1532

Re: Brooks B17 replacement for Wet Weather Riding?

If you find the B17 comfortable, do what everyone else does: Proofhide on top, mudguards underneath, and keep a plastic bag under the saddle to cover it when parked. If you go for a different saddle, there's a good chance that since it's not a B17, you'll not find it comfortable, and end up buying ...
by rmurphy195
27 Jan 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight bike lock
Replies: 29
Views: 3016

Re: Lightweight bike lock

IMO combination locks are more of a challenge than a deterrent.

I use a 2metre spiral cable (from Halfords) with a solid brass padlock. Has been effective up to now.
by rmurphy195
25 Jan 2019, 1:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 7991

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

Since this thread came about following the incident with the Duke it should be noted that he gave up his pilot's licence several years ago. Why? Flying and its demands is very different to driving, and the medical required is very stringent, including hearing. One of the key things is stopping - yo...
by rmurphy195
24 Jan 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit by a car
Replies: 14
Views: 1824

Re: Hit by a car

Had a similar accident and similar injuries - though not quite as severe - on Mother's day 2015. A phone call from the police to say I'd been knocked off my bike by a tipper truck was NOT what my wife wanted to hear (it was only a small tipper truck!) Took a year to settle - during which time Slater...
by rmurphy195
21 Jan 2019, 5:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should cyclists be allowed to use (some) M-way hard shoulders?
Replies: 44
Views: 3913

Re: Should cyclists be allowed to use (some) M-way hard shoulders?

No. Put simply - the hard shoulder (or emergency lane) is a place to pull over into in case of emergency - vehicles doing so will be travelling at speed, and the presence of any vehicle on the hard shoulder inhibits this emergency manouvre. Also for the use of emergency vehicles traveling to the sce...
by rmurphy195
20 Jan 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 7991

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

You can't really put a standard age on elderly road users of any sort - everyone is different. Drivers/motorcyclists are different only in the type of vehicle they use and the way they are permitted to use it - i.e. a licence - where perhaps at most a regular assessment of some sort must be done, to...
by rmurphy195
14 Jan 2019, 10:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: a nasty surprise for someone....?
Replies: 60
Views: 2372

Re: a nasty surprise for someone....?

I'm not familiar with disc brakes, but would there be enough travel (either in cable/lever movement or in hydraulics before seals were breached) for the pistons to contact the disc and provide some braking? certainly not ideal, but maybe a life-saver. Unlikely - discs are often full of holes, and w...
by rmurphy195
7 Jan 2019, 3:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another car head lamp thread
Replies: 14
Views: 2337

Re: Another car head lamp thread

squeaker wrote:
PT1029 wrote:This winter I have found poorly aligned head lights very rare. Anyone else noticed this?
Nope! Bad as ever IME; likewise the number running 'one-eyed'.

+1
by rmurphy195
6 Jan 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post accident car insurance premiums
Replies: 30
Views: 1076

Re: Post accident car insurance premiums

Hi, I was knocked off my bike in 2017 by a car that tboned me. Their insurance settled last year after the police prosecuted the driver. My car insurance is now due and they have put up my premium as a result of my insurance claim. Advice? Morally it's wrong, but is it acceptable? Apparently if I w...