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by Richard D
15 Jun 2019, 7:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know
Replies: 60
Views: 2264

Re: Buying a touring bike - things I didn't know

(*) Brifters - I am used to mountain bike style trigger shifters which have indicators to show which gear you are in. I find this very useful when I am not sure which combination of gears I am using. Forum response was "You should know which gear you are in without looking.". Umm....yeah?...
by Richard D
8 Jun 2019, 11:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: First aid kit?
Replies: 47
Views: 4804

Re: First aid kit?

Space blanket. Ibuprofen.

The first is very handy if you have a genuine emergency in the micturating wet. I did, and I didn't have one. I was blue by the time they loaded me into the ambulance.

The second is to stop the first getting lonely.
by Richard D
5 May 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Negligence history
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Negligence history

Negligence, giving rise to loss or damage, is a civil tort. The purpose of the civil law is to compensate someone when someone else does something wrong - breaches a contract, trespasses on the victim's land or person, causes them loss or damage though their actions. There is not a general crime of ...
by Richard D
3 May 2019, 7:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?
Replies: 164
Views: 5237

Re: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?

Cunobelin wrote:We could ask about black cars - a bad idea?

We never get hysterical responses about black or dark coloured cars...


"Victim-blaming" is much, much less prevalent when it’s someone in a black car who is hit rather than someone on a bike.
by Richard D
16 Feb 2019, 11:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Scrapped HS2 bike path "5 times better value"
Replies: 15
Views: 6410

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: 4475

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: 2494

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: 3297

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: 3297

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: 1585

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: 2351

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: 3774

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: 3418

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: 4809

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: 19192

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 ...