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by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 2:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 118
Views: 4681

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

Is there a material difference between a push bike at, say, 20mph and an ebike? I’d have thought there would be more energy with an ebike, due to the greater mass, than a push bike therefore more potential to cause injury. Ignoring legality, if it has a non-self-releasing accelerator (instead of pe...
by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 2:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Whats wrong with Pacer trains?
Replies: 15
Views: 337

Re: Whats wrong with Pacer trains?

Mick F wrote:Years ago, they tried them on the Tamar Valley Line. Late 1980s.
They were called "Skippers" and were on loan from East Anglia somewhere to help out with lack of rolling stock.

Eastern Region of BR maybe (which included Yorkshire and the NE) but not East Anglia.
by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 1:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20433
Views: 499979

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Is that so? I've seen research (could be rubbish) showing how little the public was bothered about the EU, right up until the referendum was called. I'm sure that's true. But although I haven't checked the statistics, I think the Referendum party was biting at the heels of the Conservative party ri...
by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 1:44pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Primary and secondary position: reasoning?
Replies: 15
Views: 243

Re: Primary and secondary position: reasoning?

https://goo.gl/maps/eUELCeZxxJqKsB7F9 If you're coming towards the camera Primary is right in the middle of the lane, simples... but going in the direction of the shot pretty much every car coming that way goes over the marked centre line (there are always cars parked there). So where is the centre...
by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 11:59am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20433
Views: 499979

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

What he has in his favour and has correctly surmised is his brand of right wing populism appeals to a large part of the UK electorate. What he has also correctly surmised (IMV) is that for the Conservative party to survive as other than a reduced rump in Parliament it must capture this part of the ...
by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 11:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20433
Views: 499979

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Oh it has to be Devil's Ditch, surely? Reach to Woodditton in Cambridgeshire. It already contains <i> [rude word removed] </i> toadflax so... The trouble with censorship: one's mind can insert something far filthier. I'm having fun adding every disgusting word I can think of to the front of toadfla...
by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 9:21am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Legal Rights in a Cycle Lane
Replies: 12
Views: 345

Re: Legal Rights in a Cycle Lane

Isn't an analogy - for understanding blame - that you were driving your car along on the inside lane of a motorway, and lots of cars were queued up in the middle lane (as they do), and one of them suddenly realised that they were passing their junction, briefly indicated, moved over and collided wi...
by mjr
23 Oct 2019, 9:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20433
Views: 499979

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Does anyone know of any good ditches to email to Boris? ..... I can think of a few particularly slutchy smelly ones locally that he and his cronies would feel quite at home in,I'd even take them there myself and 'em all a shove :D Oh it has to be Devil's Ditch, surely? Reach to Woodditton in Cambri...
by mjr
22 Oct 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Legal Rights in a Cycle Lane
Replies: 12
Views: 345

Re: Legal Rights in a Cycle Lane

There's also Rule 163 stay in your lane if traffic is moving slowly in queues. If the queue on your right is moving more slowly than you are, you may pass on the left However, another bit of 163 tells you not to get too close to the vehicle you're overtaking while 167 says not to overtake when pass...
by mjr
22 Oct 2019, 9:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20433
Views: 499979

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Living abroad is so much more than "cheap plonk and bit more sunshine" for a great many broadminded and intelligent people. Well, not most of the ones I have met, brains addled by too much red wine, skin cancer and liver disease seems to be the main afflictions. That says more about the p...
by mjr
22 Oct 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Primary and secondary position: reasoning?
Replies: 15
Views: 243

Re: Primary and secondary position: reasoning?

I will leave it to the trainers on primary/secondary, but the "never closer than 50cm" is reckless and irresponsible IMO. It should be 150 unless you like being skimmed because an awful lot of motorists will only give you as much room as you give yourself (symmetry hypothesis).
by mjr
22 Oct 2019, 6:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 118
Views: 4681

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

I see too many ebikes that are being driven too fast. some even where they are not being pedaled Indeed. In London I see many, many e-bikes and scooters doing well over 16mph. Presumably they have been "fixed" (which is apparently very easy to do). E bikes are not limited to 16mph. They j...
by mjr
22 Oct 2019, 6:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Legal Rights in a Cycle Lane
Replies: 12
Views: 345

Re: Legal Rights in a Cycle Lane

There is another similar recent discussion on here but I think a reasonable summary is that both are to blame: you made an unsafe overtake (even though you were in another lane, it was an overtake) but the motorist committed the more serious error of turning across a lane of moving traffic. Indicato...
by mjr
22 Oct 2019, 2:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Frame bags cf conventional panniers.
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Frame bags cf conventional panniers.

Three more reasons I know of: 1. Frame bags weigh less than a pannier carrier + panniers. 2. Bike will work better off road - panniers can be horrendous on narrow trails. 3. Makes touring on an unsuitable bike easier I think they're a great idea, but not for everyone or every circumstance. By narro...
by mjr
22 Oct 2019, 8:43am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 20433
Views: 499979

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act (2010) requires any treaty be laid before the House for 21 days before it can be ratified. The Brexit deal is such as treaty 1. Looks like we took back control back in 2010 and made our own laws :D I've read that some vote to suspend that law is part of ...