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by orangebiker
25 Mar 2020, 1:47pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Personal safety at the current time
Replies: 6
Views: 1595

Personal safety at the current time

Went out for a ride yesterday thinking it would be nice to take advantage of traffic free roads....however, it was eerily quiet and there were a few groups of dubious looking characters about. I'm used to riding alone, in fairly remote areas as well as in towns at night etc, and have only rarely fel...
by orangebiker
28 Jun 2017, 5:41pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Arrangements for Trangia fuel bottle on flights
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: Arrangements for Trangia fuel bottle on flights

I've had an empty bottle confiscated. Was clean and dry etc. It was in hold luggage but in a rucsac so it went to a separate large luggage thing where they x rayed it on the spot and removed the fuel bottle. In a suitcase it would most likely have been fine - have flown several times with gas cannis...
by orangebiker
28 Jun 2017, 5:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking cycle reservations on Virgin Trains
Replies: 48
Views: 4722

Re: Booking cycle reservations on Virgin Trains

Make sure the train manager knows you have a bike and where you are getting off. Often the train manager never comes through as they check tickets before you get on at the two stations I normally get on at. Even if you do tell them, they tend to forget. I used to do it on a weekly basis and I used ...
by orangebiker
28 Jun 2017, 4:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle hire in the Netherlands
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Cycle hire in the Netherlands

I think the OV fietsen only come in adult sizes, but a ten year old is probably big enough to ride one with the saddle down - you see loads of dutch children riding round on adult sized bikes I only hired a bike in Holland once and it was very cheap and easy - booked in advance though. Hire bikes te...
by orangebiker
17 Jun 2017, 2:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Booking cycle reservations on Virgin Trains
Replies: 48
Views: 4722

Re: Booking cycle reservations on Virgin Trains

I disagree with whoever above said that taking a train on Virgin is fine once you've booked the ticket. I find the staff rude, obstructive, disrespectful, and have many times found that despite booking a reservation, no-one is available to unlock the special door either getting on or getting off. Th...
by orangebiker
4 May 2017, 9:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Vrienden op de fiets (The Netherlands)
Replies: 15
Views: 3709

Re: Vrienden op de Fiets

He he sorry didn't mean to put you off! If you are a sociable type you would probably love it! It was our first longish tour and one of us (not me!) had brought some very old wheels and tyres which got shredded and broken on the belgian cobbles. Once in the Netherlands we found it very difficult to ...
by orangebiker
4 May 2017, 4:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Vrienden op de fiets (The Netherlands)
Replies: 15
Views: 3709

Re: Vrienden op de Fiets

We did a 10 day tour last year and used them. You are supposed to give at least 24 hours notice so you have to contact them the day before at least. Not all have email addresses either. The hosts are usually quite old (mainly retired or getting towards it) and not all of them speak that much English...
by orangebiker
2 Mar 2016, 1:24pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crossing on Red. No One Complains About Pedestrians
Replies: 56
Views: 5225

Re: Crossing on Red. No One Complains About Pedestrians

I agree that jaywalking laws are a Bad Idea The point about the multiple crossings is not just that you can cross the road easier but that the behaviour of drivers is changed, they need to be much more observant and careful, rather than assuming the road belongs to them, and priority in urban areas ...
by orangebiker
2 Mar 2016, 11:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crossing on Red. No One Complains About Pedestrians
Replies: 56
Views: 5225

Re: Crossing on Red. No One Complains About Pedestrians

One of the great things a green party councillor did in my area was to change the pedestrian crossing light so that the car light goes red virtually instantly when the button is pressed. At first it caused some drivers to almost do an emergency stop! When I first got the flier throught he door I tho...
by orangebiker
26 Feb 2016, 10:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road rage incident and Police response
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: Road rage incident and Police response

Ok thanks for the replies (especially Valbrona :D ). I will give a statement and see what happens. The police have given it a crime number "as an incident causing harassment, alarm or distress contrary to section 4A of the Public order Act". They are going to look at local CCTV The bus com...
by orangebiker
25 Feb 2016, 5:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cameras
Replies: 15
Views: 1595

Cameras

After a few unpleasant incidents I am thinking it's time to get a camera so that next time someone knocks me off/cuts me up/shouts abuse I can prove it to the Police. I was loathe to do this because I would rather presume people are not going to attack me but I am starting to get to the end of my te...
by orangebiker
25 Feb 2016, 5:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road rage incident and Police response
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Road rage incident and Police response

Just feeling the need to rant a bit! Was in a road rage incident 3 days ago where a white van driver cut me up and then proceeded to chase me down the road threatening me and swearing in the most foul language imaginable. Must be somebody with anger issues as I had done nothing whatsoever than could...
by orangebiker
14 Jul 2015, 4:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: trainee was a 'fantastic driver'
Replies: 25
Views: 8997

Re: trainee was a 'fantastic driver'

The cement mixer didn't necessarily overtake the cyclist. It could be that the cyclist went up the inside whilst the mixer was stopped or moving slowly..as it probably would be if only learning...And there was an instructor present too. Why do people persist in riding up the inside of large vehicles?
by orangebiker
30 Mar 2015, 11:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling 'safety' adverts
Replies: 1
Views: 4416

Cycling 'safety' adverts

Heard on Smooth radio last night several adverts presumably aimed at cyclists. They were played repeatedly between the other ads - very short clips, with no indication of what organisation was funding them. The first: (Spoken in a very strident tone) 'Cyclists - give yourself a chance - wear a helme...
by orangebiker
25 Nov 2014, 2:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is it time for radicalism?
Replies: 55
Views: 4675

Re: Is it time for radicalism?

On a point of economics, can anyone explain how the GDP/car thing works? Using cars and paying for petrol/repairs etc is just one way of spending money that people already have. If they didn't drive a car they would presumably spend it on something else (eg. a bigger house/better food/more bikes.......