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by MikeF
10 Dec 2019, 9:58pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Labour's plan for cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 1496

Re: Labour's plan for cycling

This was announced last last night. By far the best proposals any party has published during this election https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZYi-suU32B6nSV2eAj-EjFX8--V-CcOTuVStFsLEwc/edit Some will argue (as does the Labour policy) that encouraging cycling will reduce car use. I feel that this ...
by MikeF
26 Nov 2019, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I might go back to an aluminium frame (from carbon)
Replies: 46
Views: 2015

Re: I might go back to an aluminium frame (from carbon)

Manc33 wrote: They say aluminium has come a long way and modern frames are better than ever - but is a like-for-like aluminium frame going to feel about the same in terms of how bumpy it feels compared to a carbon one?
Who says - Marketing people? In my view aluminium frames don't ride like steel ones.
by MikeF
26 Nov 2019, 8:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How long to fix a pothole ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1136

Re: How long to fix a pothole ?

gaz wrote:
gaz wrote:Image

Reported 29 June 2012. The hole's still not fixed.

Work in progress. IMG_20191125_094911.jpg
Looks like 7 years is the answer. :wink:
by MikeF
26 Nov 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Has anyone else cycled every road in their town?
Replies: 28
Views: 899

Re: Has anyone else cycled every road in their town?

I've cycled nearly all within a radius of 10 miles or so, and there are an awful lot of them, but not every residential cul de sac. Also I've not cycled some 'horrendous' roads, but chosen less hazardous alternatives.
by MikeF
16 Nov 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can you dye Goretex?
Replies: 37
Views: 1586

Re: Can you dye Goretex?

reohn2 wrote:
philvantwo wrote:No, it'll block up the pores in the gortex.
Time for a new jacket!!

+1 and may even delaminate in the process.
Speculation or fact?
by MikeF
12 Nov 2019, 7:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??
Replies: 105
Views: 3568

Re: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??

Actually the real problem with tarmac paths through woodland is friction. Tarmac tends to acquire a green slippy surface under the trees that would be cleared by the passage of car tyres on a road. It would be interesting to see how nu-flex performs in this respect. I think you mean lack of frictio...
by MikeF
12 Nov 2019, 6:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 210
Views: 9402

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

The roller wore out in a fairly short period of time which I 'cured' temporarily with tyres made of old inner tubes. Unfortunately if you rode much in the dark you needed a new one about once a week and since it took at least twenty minutes to fit a new one this soon got to be a major PITA. Other s...
by MikeF
11 Nov 2019, 7:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 2.4W dynamo hubs
Replies: 72
Views: 2356

Re: 2.4W dynamo hubs

there has to be something limiting the voltage in your open circuit tests; probably some kind of clipping diode, but possibly something else. Keeping track of power is fairly simple as long as the load is resistive, and the current remains in phase with the voltage. However when they are not in pha...
by MikeF
11 Nov 2019, 5:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre wear - mileages
Replies: 30
Views: 752

Re: Tyre wear - mileages

I've got three HS368 Marathons. One has done 13,000m, one has done 15,000m, and the other 3,200m. None of them are worn out. What size wheels and front or back? I have a 700x32 Vittoria Hyper that has travelled 11,000 miles on the front. Tyre wear on the rear is more, even though the back brake has...
by MikeF
11 Nov 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

If it's not true, what else would account for the congestion in the other places you named? I'm just making the point that that feeling of "Isn't this community so much more pleasant to live in since the bypass was built" really doesn't last for long. The reduction in through motor traffi...
by MikeF
11 Nov 2019, 4:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

I thought the purpose of bypasses was to make more housing land available eg Uckfield (East Sussex) and Billingshurst (West Sussex). However in the case of Crawley and Horsham in West Sussex houses are now being built or have been built on other side of of the bypasses, so those roads don't bypass a...
by MikeF
11 Nov 2019, 2:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

How can you get to work or the shops without a car? Bus? Walk? What if those methods aren't available? What if there are no busses? What happens if there's no alternative? Perhaps we should all live in towns and cities where public transport is plentiful and cheap? As for the fuel price escalator, ...
by MikeF
10 Nov 2019, 7:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 33
Views: 1227

Re: Cycle space on trains

Came across the hanging spaces for the first time on an intercity out of Paris this year and as the article suggests, there was no way Mrs wjp was going to be able to lift her bike onto it - even stripped of luggage. A least we had a reserved pair of hooks and a seat right next to them Generally OK...
by MikeF
10 Nov 2019, 8:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

Ask the residents of Dunkeld, Blair Atholl, Kingussie, Aviemore etc whether building new roads works. The new A9 built in the 1970s and 80s removed 90%+ of the traffic from these towns. Likewise the M74 bypassed Hamilton and all the towns between Hamilton and Gretna. Neither new road is overloaded ...
by MikeF
10 Nov 2019, 8:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 5719

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

A while ago there was a report published on the effects of road building , I’m not sure if it has been mentioned so far in this discussion. It discovered the usual issues such as more roads leading to more traffic, and eventually more congestion if you consider a long enough time frame. However, it...