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by DDW
8 Jul 2014, 6:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bad publicity for cyclists
Replies: 78
Views: 8309

Bad publicity for cyclists

I was browsing the BBC news website and came across this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-28210364 In this case the cyclists hit a young girl in an area where cycling is prohibited. However IMO it is exactly this type of cycling that can be found on many shared paths and public sp...
by DDW
20 Jun 2014, 3:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Modified cars
Replies: 26
Views: 7669

Re: Modified cars

It must be a west-country thing, is it common elsewhere for the wheels to be oversized with a smaller tyre stretched over the too large wheel in order to get the sides of the tyre to be beveled and allow them to steer with no room in the arches. Just found this wonderful detail out after chatting to...
by DDW
20 Jun 2014, 6:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Modified cars
Replies: 26
Views: 7669

Modified cars

I hope this is in the right section, didn't want to put it anywhere else as it is mainly car related. I am seeing a large number of boy racer modified cars where I live. You may know of the ones I am on about. Ridiculously lowered suspension so that they appear to be centimetres off the ground, huge...
by DDW
14 Jun 2014, 8:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Electric 'car' fright
Replies: 38
Views: 10646

Re: Electric 'car' fright

Someone overtaking and missing me by inches is never good, but today I was happily enjoying the sunny spin down a fairly wide country lane when an electric Renault Twizy passed by, well within my comfort zone.....My goodness, I jumped out of my skin. The shock of not hearing it coming, the unexpect...
by DDW
29 Jan 2014, 6:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Safe cycling TV ad in news
Replies: 174
Views: 48822

Safe cycling TV ad in news

Noticed this on BBC News online and found it interesting in that it contains a couple of points of controversy wrt cycling.

Cycle helmets and cycling road positions. Interested to hear what the forum thinks.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-25926572
by DDW
20 Nov 2013, 3:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cat Flap
Replies: 13
Views: 3264

Re: Cat Flap

A training regime might help, if you remove the flap but leave the flap frame, if you catch my drift. Then once the cat is happy with the use of the framed hole,introduce something like cardboard in the form of a small flap at the top of the frame, say an inch deep for the cat to get used to somethi...
by DDW
19 Nov 2013, 4:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?
Replies: 75
Views: 5505

Re: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?

I will inform a local cycle club the new 20 mph speed limit signs outside a school on their TT course don’t need to be observed. There is often a disconnect between what is legally allowed and what is wise, moral or socially acceptable. Organising a TT through a 20 mph limit outside a school strike...
by DDW
19 Nov 2013, 10:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?
Replies: 75
Views: 5505

Re: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?

So you think that cyclists are zero impact of any sort :lol:
by DDW
19 Nov 2013, 9:10am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?
Replies: 75
Views: 5505

Re: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?

Some intelligence required. The point is that speed limits are almost always there for a reason, someone considered it dangerous to go faster. Cyclists should not be exempt. And I picked 20MPH as it is the most common and lowest limit which cyclists would be able to exceed IMO. if you think that mor...
by DDW
19 Nov 2013, 8:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?
Replies: 75
Views: 5505

Re: Speed Limits. Do they apply to cyclists ?

When I drive my car through a 20 limit it feels tediously slow, nothing could get within 20 feet of me without me being able to stop. If I was to drive through at 30mph (like all the other cars) I would be guilty of speeding, not careless driving and not dangerous driving. If that was the case in 1...
by DDW
18 Nov 2013, 8:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Blindingly bright rear light
Replies: 32
Views: 3687

Re: Blindingly bright rear light

If "weapons grade" lights are acceptable on bikes then I shall be driving round with my hi-beams on until I can properly upgrade my car too.
by DDW
12 Nov 2013, 1:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Taking the pooh???
Replies: 52
Views: 4271

Re: Taking the pooh???

Postboxer wrote:Can't remember when, if ever, I've seen a line of cars stuck behind a pedestrian meandering down the middle of the road.



Possibly not but I have seen a line of cars crawling along behind a pair of cyclist riding side by side up a long hill :evil:
by DDW
21 Oct 2013, 2:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Giving Electricity Away
Replies: 221
Views: 12750

Re: Giving Electricity Away

Edwards To your original question Yes you can use the surplus electricity, although it requires a bit of knowledge and skill to do. You can get set up to read both the power being used by your house and the power currently being generated by your panels. Set up a small circuit to compare the two rea...
by DDW
9 Oct 2013, 5:16pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Mountain biking on upland footpaths.
Replies: 27
Views: 94318

Re: Mountain biking on upland footpaths.

Surprisingly the nearest Forestry commission site near me is also Access Land. Does the land manager wishes override the law? The landowever can permit anything they like (within reason) over their land. The law only exists to say that the public has a right of way the landowner cannot revoke, the ...
by DDW
9 Oct 2013, 12:41pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Mountain biking on upland footpaths.
Replies: 27
Views: 94318

Re: Mountain biking on upland footpaths.

There is a lot of upland around here which is part of whatever the "Forestry Commission" is now called. They allow free access to cyclists, except where logging is taking place, day or night. I cant say that I actually take them up on their offer though. Despite the fact I could cover a l...