Search found 216 matches

by Richard D
16 Feb 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Scrapped HS2 bike path "5 times better value"
Replies: 15
Views: 6340

Re: Scrapped HS2 bike path "5 times better value"

Complete madness not to build the parallel maintenance track / Greenway for these reasons: Rail tracks require maintenance access roads which are often perpendicular to the rail track. Put these roads parallel end-to-end next to the track and you have your Greenway which can also be used by track m...
by Richard D
16 Feb 2019, 10:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight bike lock
Replies: 29
Views: 4430

Re: Lightweight bike lock

I fancy some of this depends on the location. If you stop at a café which is well-known as a place popular with cyclists, then it might attract thieves with a big van who could just lift them in and then away. The only safe bike would be the one that was locked to something substantial. My solution...
by Richard D
16 Feb 2019, 10:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle2Work and Hot Desking (where do i put my kit)
Replies: 19
Views: 2476

Re: Cycle2Work and Hot Desking (where do i put my kit)

Remind them how much space you’d be taking up if you had a parking space instead of a bicycle? Hot Desking : I thankfully don't have to do it, but at our Nerve Centre they do, and have done for a couple of years. I believe there are actually less desks than People (which is what Hot Desking is mostl...
by Richard D
7 Oct 2018, 8:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: auto high beam lights
Replies: 94
Views: 3244

Re: auto high beam lights

I see that "closing ones eyes to the problem" is how the Toyota owners' forum decided to deal with it, too.
by Richard D
7 Oct 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: auto high beam lights
Replies: 94
Views: 3244

Re: auto high beam lights

This thread - and previously I was unaware of such automated systems - explains why I’m getting dazzled by more and more 4x4 vehicles these days.

Of course, if I’m driving my car I can "return the favour". But on the bike it always buggers my night vision for a while :(
by Richard D
29 Sep 2018, 8:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Too Close for Comfort
Replies: 39
Views: 1557

Re: Too Close for Comfort

In one way this is a bit like the breathalyser. Before Barbara Castle's Road Safety Act 1967, drunk driving was all a matter of opinion. A specified limit for the proportion of blood:alcohol and an almost unchallengeable way of measuring it meant the end of waggle room. That's been tightened up to ...
by Richard D
22 Sep 2018, 9:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: AUK Finances
Replies: 49
Views: 2321

Re: AUK Finances

I would be amazed if the recent GDPR changes have not resulted in higher operating costs.
by Richard D
11 Sep 2018, 8:45pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Tent peg mallet?
Replies: 34
Views: 3720

Re: Tent peg mallet?

However just thinking laterally, is there anything already being carried on the bike that could be used for a mallet if needs be? Like a spanner? Any ideas? We've usually got about half a kilo of water on the bike, in a bidon. There must be some way to employ that. A plastic water bottle won’t work...
by Richard D
6 Sep 2018, 10:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Misguided Badge of Honour?
Replies: 115
Views: 3389

Re: A Misguided Badge of Honour?

Well, it has to be said, if you start out with "I keep reading of 'roadies' signalling their virtue" then what do you expect. You insult people who have different beliefs to you and get upset when they explain how those beliefs are legitimate to them and not an attempt to "virtue sig...
by Richard D
1 Sep 2018, 4:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Death by Dangerous Cycling
Replies: 130
Views: 4749

Re: Death by Dangerous Cycling

Footage from that London collision shows very clearly that the lights were on GREEN for the road traffic (including the e-bike rider), and RED for the pedestrian. The e-bike rider was almost in the middle of the road, not close to the pavement. Yet the pedestrian ran - not walked, ran - into the roa...
by Richard D
25 Aug 2018, 4:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights
Replies: 233
Views: 19087

Re: Cyclists ignoring traffic lights

On the topic of long inter-green spells at traffic lights, whenever I drive on the continent (Germany and the Netherlands) I take note of the fact that the time that the lights spend on Amber is much, much shorter. Presumably because those drivers can be relied upon to actually STOP when the lights ...
by Richard D
23 Aug 2018, 10:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How do you get feedback from the Nexbase/Egress site
Replies: 2
Views: 273

Re: How do you get feedback from the Nexbase/Egress site

I received no contact whatsoever after I submitted footage of a driver delivering a too-close pass to a group of us about two months ago.
by Richard D
23 Aug 2018, 10:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes
Replies: 66
Views: 2718

Re: Electric car charging to kill off segregated cycle lanes

The strange thing is just how much people will accept society providing free storage for all of these motor cars (with huge amounts of road space already dedicated to providing parking spaces for cars that are unused 23 hours a day), and no doubt EXTRA storage spaces - with free/subsidised charging ...
by Richard D
5 Aug 2018, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless Steel water bottles
Replies: 93
Views: 5828

Re: Stainless Steel water bottles

I also ordered and returned two of the 800ml Klean Kanteen bottles - the rubber spigot in the top takes a great deal of force to open and close. Much too much to use with your teeth. I think it must be completely impratical for cycling, which leads me to ask the poster above, who has had a very pos...
by Richard D
31 Jul 2018, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stolen Goat Clothing
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: Stolen Goat Clothing

I’ll be honest, my Stolen Goat Orkaan long sleeve is the most disappointing piece of cycling clothing I own, by quite a margin. The temperature range between "too cold to wear it because it lets too much wind through" and "too hot to wear it because it’s well insulated" is about ...