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by MikeF
18 Nov 2018, 3:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"
Replies: 39
Views: 1190

Re: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"

Perhaps that's why "they" think there there might be a M/C problem. Sounds as though the routes don't lead anywhere useful although that picture shows a considerable effort has been made in providing something even it's not ideal.
by MikeF
18 Nov 2018, 3:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared use paths & Strava racing
Replies: 30
Views: 641

Re: Shared use paths & Strava racing

As said it’s not just Strava and they(and others) have absolutely no power over what users do. Except they do. If users can't record on a certain route then Strava cannot be used. It won't stop cyclists racing where they shouldn't but it will be only self competition. There won't be league tables e...
by MikeF
18 Nov 2018, 2:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Liverpool , where is one allowed to chain a bike?
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Liverpool , where is one allowed to chain a bike?

There are some vague words on the council website about how very pro-cycling they are but no actual instructions. I don't know Liverpool so I can't help. Email the Council?? Unfortunately all councils are very pro-cycling until they realise they have to actually do something to making it happen and...
by MikeF
18 Nov 2018, 2:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 45
Views: 1423

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

Surely the point here is that the need for a rear light has shifted the onus of responsibility to the cyclist for making themselves sufficiently visible, rather than to the driver for looking where they are going. So far it doesn't seem to be working out all that well for cyclists. That's the reali...
by MikeF
18 Nov 2018, 2:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: WTO tariff codes and rates for bikes/frames?
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: WTO tariff codes and rates for bikes/frames?

As the cyclist article said, currency fluctuations may be more important. After the vote, the £ fell by about 20% against the $ (subsequently risen a bit). I wanted a new Surly frame and ordered quickly and got for £400. A few months later, the new frames were priced at £480. This was a 20% rise, w...
by MikeF
18 Nov 2018, 9:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"
Replies: 39
Views: 1190

Re: UK cycle newwork unsafe for children

NCN12 and part of North Herts DC 'cycling corridor' :roll: there are several of these and new ones further up the 'corridor' such that my friend who cycles his young daughter in a pull along carriage can no longer use the route :twisted: I've thought about getting an angle grinder and doing away wi...
by MikeF
17 Nov 2018, 9:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"
Replies: 39
Views: 1190

Re: UK cycle newwork unsafe for children

NCN12 and part of North Herts DC 'cycling corridor' :roll: there are several of these and new ones further up the 'corridor' such that my friend who cycles his young daughter in a pull along carriage can no longer use the route :twisted: I've thought about getting an angle grinder and doing away wi...
by MikeF
17 Nov 2018, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddles
Replies: 29
Views: 2836

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddles

I think as the saddles are made of a natural material they all vary slightly. I haven't had a problem breaking in Brooks saddles - they've all seemed good from the start and not needed much, but we're all different. The only way you know is to try one, but I would only use Proofide, and not neatsfoo...
by MikeF
17 Nov 2018, 8:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"
Replies: 39
Views: 1190

Re: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"

A UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone Aren't cycles and pedestrians traffic? A very bad choice of words by Sustrans especially if cycling is to be recognised as a means of transport. We need roads and routes where cycles are the priority traffic. :wink: A network is only useful if it...
by MikeF
17 Nov 2018, 9:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 45
Views: 1423

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

.......and why the president of the CTC in the 20s/30s was 100% bang on when he objected to compulsory rear lights! That maybe true, but the fact is, despite his objection, all vehicles now have rear lights and that's reality. Fact is those rules are now killing/hurting us and no amount of light ca...
by MikeF
17 Nov 2018, 8:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 45
Views: 1423

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

The utility cyclist wrote:.......and why the president of the CTC in the 20s/30s was 100% bang on when he objected to compulsory rear lights!

That maybe true, but the fact is, despite his objection, all vehicles now have rear lights and that's reality.
by MikeF
16 Nov 2018, 8:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Shared use paths & Strava racing
Replies: 30
Views: 641

Re: Shared use paths & Strava racing

Thoughts? 18 mph is the maximum that should be travelled on this route. (The links don't work if you aren't signed up to Strava.) Travelling at this speed generates anti cyclist feeling. Also it's worth remembering that pedestrians passed at this speed might be car or HGV drivers. It doesn't do much...
by MikeF
16 Nov 2018, 8:07pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: North Downs Way
Replies: 15
Views: 1017

Re: North Downs Way

Really the bigger question is to begin to analyse why, despite this data, we still only have two of our fifteen flagship National Trails, whose very purpose is to encourage people out into the countryside, fully open to riders You don't need flagship trails to encourage people into the countryside....
by MikeF
16 Nov 2018, 7:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"
Replies: 39
Views: 1190

Re: Sustrans Report "UK Cycle Network is unsafe for children"

The problem is we need to be able to cycle where we need to go and not necessarily where a NCN route goes. LAs don't seem to recognise this. Often NCN uses rough tracks, steep hills and very indirect routes and that is totally unsuitable as a transport network. It says its long-term goal is to make ...
by MikeF
12 Nov 2018, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vittoria Hypers (again)
Replies: 435
Views: 36549

Re: Vittoria Hypers (again)

Going by current wear rates, I've probably got at least 10 years supply of Hypers so I'm personally not in too much of a rush to find a replacement. :D What are your current wear rates? I have one on the front that has been over 8000miles. Rear seems to wear faster and that's with very minimal rear...