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by Bmblbzzz
2 Apr 2020, 1:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what are "washing lines"?
Replies: 12
Views: 129

Re: what are "washing lines"?

I actually peg route cue cards to mine! I have also done that but found it difficult to read as the sheet flapped around, increased drag far more noticeably than I'd anticipated, and also prone to falling off. However, I note you've said "cards" not "sheets" so maybe with a smal...
by Bmblbzzz
30 Mar 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?
Replies: 128
Views: 2981

Re: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?

Without universal testing, it's difficult to know how many cases there are and thus the true case fatality rate or the load imposed on hospitals etc. Even hospitalised cases are not being routinely tested in UK. Bear in mind that when medics talk of "mild infections" of covid-19, they don'...
by Bmblbzzz
30 Mar 2020, 9:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?
Replies: 128
Views: 2981

Re: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?

I am taking the govt advice and using cycling as my one form of daily exercise, not going within 2m of any other person, etc, but what do people feel is a reasonable distance to cycle in any one day? 10 miles, 50, 100? Surely the actual distance is irrelevant, but anticipate a word from the police ...
by Bmblbzzz
29 Mar 2020, 7:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?
Replies: 128
Views: 2981

Re: Covid19 - How far should we cycle each day?

What's important is not the distance you ride but how far away you go and how many people you might come into contact, directly or indirectly, with. So if you ride a circle 1 mile around your house, you can do that 200 times a day. You're not going out of the area in which people might come into con...
by Bmblbzzz
28 Mar 2020, 2:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 430
Views: 34729

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

I do hope people will think twice about giving Wetherspoons their custom now that they can clearly see what kind of person the owner, Tim Martin, is. I understand your views but it occurred to me that if we take our custom elsewhere, the staff are the ones hardest hit. Not rich Tim. Open to views a...
by Bmblbzzz
27 Mar 2020, 11:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars

Good time for it, yes, except of course no new construction work is going to start for the next half year or so, if not longer. Binge driving after the lockdown? Yes, and before unless we hire some cops. Nevertheless, many of London's commuter cyclists started in response to previous public transpor...
by Bmblbzzz
25 Mar 2020, 12:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cattle grids...
Replies: 48
Views: 1307

Re: Cattle grids...

What do people reckon on flat v round bars? You'd think the round bars would be less juddery but in practice I find they're often more so, as the gap between the tops of the tubes is greater than then gap between square bars. The only time I have met round bars (on Skye) I was on a Brompton and had...
by Bmblbzzz
24 Mar 2020, 9:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cattle grids...
Replies: 48
Views: 1307

Re: Cattle grids...

What do people reckon on flat v round bars?
You'd think the round bars would be less juddery but in practice I find they're often more so, as the gap between the tops of the tubes is greater than then gap between square bars. At least, I think that's the reason.
by Bmblbzzz
22 Mar 2020, 11:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How cheap are Titanium rim braked bikes!
Replies: 21
Views: 968

Re: How cheap are Titanium rim braked bikes!

My guess would be that it's a bit of both; rim brakes and Ti are both a bit out of fashion. Ti might well come back, I'm not sure rim brakes will; but that would be for another thread. Also, Ti is no longer such an exotic material; Chinese production has brought down the price just as it did for car...
by Bmblbzzz
21 Mar 2020, 5:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 66 Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1395

Re: 66 Points

For me it becomes a good example why we should adopt the French VSP system. That way her "exceptional hardship" argument would be irrelevant as she's easily be able to travel with her beautician gear in a VSP and the court could still fine and ban her. (Sorry, I keep going on about UK ado...
by Bmblbzzz
21 Mar 2020, 9:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 66 Points
Replies: 41
Views: 1395

Re: 66 Points

For me it becomes a good example why we should adopt the French VSP system. That way her "exceptional hardship" argument would be irrelevant as she's easily be able to travel with her beautician gear in a VSP and the court could still fine and ban her. (Sorry, I keep going on about UK ado...
by Bmblbzzz
18 Mar 2020, 6:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51896

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Yes, I think all of us who have a secure income have a moral duty to keep spending, and preferably with local businesses that will be struggling. Tricky one. If you're in the reasonably lucky position of having a job which will pay you even if your work is suspended for several months, then yes, wh...
by Bmblbzzz
18 Mar 2020, 4:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?
Replies: 168
Views: 9156

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Given the lock down of entry to European countries, I think it's safe to say all touring is off for the immediate future. The entry restrictions to the EU from third countries doesn't apply to the UK during the transition period, but the temporary internal restrictions and border controls between s...
by Bmblbzzz
18 Mar 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 2697
Views: 51896

Re: Corona virus - impact on European tours in next 3 months?

Here in the north of the Netherlands at least supermarkets are fully stocked. A few days ago when the message came to work from home as much as possible the wine section took a hit for a day but that was it. My principal concern now is to support local shops. I had just bought a new business suit a...
by Bmblbzzz
17 Mar 2020, 12:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How Helsinki and Oslo cut pedestrian deaths to zero
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: How Helsinki and Oslo cut pedestrian deaths to zero

Two threads have been merged into one. The mods have evidently chosen the more explanatory, prosaic and less alluring title.