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by alanesq
13 Jun 2019, 3:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 2001

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

Myself being a "large chap" who also carries a lot of luggage, my experience is that the main thing is you will need good, hand built wheels otherwise you will be plagued by breaking spokes (btw - once one spoke goes there is no point replacing it as the others will soon follow). My last o...
by alanesq
30 May 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 232
Views: 6006

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

by alanesq
30 May 2019, 9:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Has anyone measured passing distance?
Replies: 8
Views: 1656

Re: Has anyone measured passing distance?

A few weeks back I read something about new laws coming in April this year about close passing cyclists although I have not seen anything since? This set me thinking and inspired me to quickly cobble together a distance sensor to fit to my bike to see just how close cars are passing me although I ne...
by alanesq
12 Sep 2015, 11:08am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace

I bought three of them myself and was charged tax once
by alanesq
11 Sep 2015, 5:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: Smartphones - Chinese marketplace

I have a THL Chinese phone which cost me about £100 (although you can get them a lot cheaper these days) I have been very pleased with (particularly like the ability to have 2 sims in it which I don't think any "regular" phones let you do) I know of 4 other people who also bought one after...
by alanesq
11 Sep 2015, 4:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

As stated above, the cars behind you pose a very serious risk when trying to negotiate tram tracks. This video shows what I find to be a very common event when joining the tram tracks at either end of this road in Beeston. https://youtu.be/LMEpvxWSEmc i.e. just as you make the final turn to go down ...
by alanesq
28 Aug 2015, 5:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question
Replies: 28
Views: 4224

Re: Bike provision on Beeston tram route and a question

I agree, I have cycled down that road many times and the best way I have found is to cycle between the tracks. You can then cycle down the road ok but you have to keep in mind that swerving to avoid anything is not an option. If you cycle to the left of them then you can't get through the stops and ...
by alanesq
7 Nov 2012, 6:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: University Project - Product to Improve Cyclist Safety
Replies: 60
Views: 5960

Re: University Project - Product to Improve Cyclist Safety

How about a camera which attaches to the cycle with built in GPS (for location and speed data) and some sensor to detect how close a passing car is (ultrasonic?) then, if a car passes too close it automatically grabs a picture with the cars number plate and this along with info on how fast the cycle...
by alanesq
21 Sep 2012, 5:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: "New Tricks"
Replies: 23
Views: 11113

Re: "New Tricks"

by alanesq
20 Sep 2012, 5:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bicycle bell auto response
Replies: 34
Views: 4006

Re: Bicycle bell auto response

I may give a different type bell a try - I chose a single ding one as I thought it would seem less aggressive

I have an Airzound but that may be going too far the other way ;-)
by alanesq
20 Sep 2012, 8:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bicycle bell auto response
Replies: 34
Views: 4006

Re: Bicycle bell auto response

When I use my bell on a shared use path I will more often than not get one of the following results: a) They will completely ignore it b) They will randomly jump sideways without looking (often into my path) c) They will give me some abuse (or at least sarcastic response) for ringing a bell at them ...
by alanesq
16 Sep 2012, 10:00am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear view mirrors?
Replies: 96
Views: 20314

Re: Rear view mirrors?

I have two mirrors on my bike and find them very handy for seeing what the vehicle behind is up to etc. BUT if you do have a mirror it is vital that you never let yourself start relying on it (i.e. not looking behind when turning etc.) as there will always be a blind spot which will eventually catch...
by alanesq
15 Aug 2012, 6:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Be Safe, Be Seen.
Replies: 181
Views: 12673

Re: Be Safe, Be Seen.

Sorry if this is already common knowledge, but I have just seen this and it seems to me like a good idea. Maybe not the cycle lane?, but projecting something on the road would get you noticed. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/02/lightlanes-lase/ It basically uses a laser/hologram to project an imag...
by alanesq
13 Aug 2012, 5:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestrians
Replies: 55
Views: 10927

Re: Columnist argues Chris Hoy's success is bad for pedestri

This isn't rocket-science. I agree, but for some reason we don't seem to be able to do it (not round here anyway) People will walk/cycle either side of the path and swap at any moment without signalling or looking cyclists come at you round a blind corner on the wrong side of the "road" a...