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by AndyBSG
6 Dec 2017, 9:03am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Cycle Facility Help?
Replies: 24
Views: 1477

Re: Proposed Cycle Facility Help?

I've contacted Cycling UK and had a reply saying someone will be in touch.

If not, I'll have a stab at going through the proposals myself and pointing out everything wrong with them to ECC!

Only looked at one of them in detail so far, the Great Baddow To City Centre Scheme and it is a bit of a joke.

The most direct route for cyclists from Great Baddow into Town is down Baddow Road but ECC's proposal is that all cyclists actually take a lengthy detour through a residential area that is a notorious rat run with very heavy school traffic and notorious double parking issues.

The only 'provision' for this that I can actually see is that they're going to put a few signs up and not actually put in any dedicated lanes or even the half hearted magically painted lane that some councils do to at least pretend they've provided a cycling facility!

If I can find those issues with just one of the proposed schemes after a simple 5 minute scan I can imagine those a bit more clued up about the correct provision of cycling infrastructure will have a field day pulling the proposals apart :)
by AndyBSG
5 Dec 2017, 1:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Cycle Facility Help?
Replies: 24
Views: 1477

Re: Proposed Cycle Facility Help?

Cheers Vorpal, that's a great help
by AndyBSG
5 Dec 2017, 11:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Cycle Facility Help?
Replies: 24
Views: 1477

Proposed Cycle Facility Help?

Hoping someone can help me with this.

I live in Chelmsford and there has recently been a huge raft of road improvement schemes approved among which are a host of cycling lanes and facilities.

However, as is usual, most of these new cycle routes appear to be nothing more than putting a few signs up and there doesn't seem to have been any real cycling experts involved in drafting them.

Am I correct in that there is a template/blueprint listing the criteria that new cycling facilities should be attempting to adhere to and who would be the organisation/government department who normally get involved in these sort of things in the same way LCC usually getting involved in similar schemes in London?

by AndyBSG
24 Nov 2016, 9:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folkestone to Basildon
Replies: 15
Views: 1462

Re: Folkestone to Basildon

axel_knutt wrote:
Annoying Twit wrote:If I go north from there through Billericy, then I add an Ian Dury tribute in as well.

Now you're going the way I use: Chadwell, Horndon, Dunton, Billericay, (then on through Stock and Chelmsford). The section through Burstead is quite attractive, but there's a major junction crossing the Southend Arterial at Dunton though.

Just out of interest Axel, how do you find cycling along Stock Road?

I live in Great Baddow but work in Basildon and have toyed with the idea of commuting by bike but been put off by Stock Road.

The bit from the A12 roundabout is pretty busy for a single lane road with no overtaking spots and i've seen a lot of dangerously close passes there.

Also find the route very frustrating because it would have been a much easier run from Chelmsford to Basildon if they had put a cycling lane in running parallel to the A130
by AndyBSG
26 Oct 2016, 11:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bus Deliberate Collision?
Replies: 76
Views: 8651

Re: London Bus Deliberate Collision?

Ruadh495 wrote:I think buses are particularly problematic for cyclists, they are big, they get close and there are a lot of them (in some urban areas close to a majority of the traffic).

In all honesty, I don't think i've ever really had any issues with buses while cycling round London in comparison to Black cab drivers and the dreaded HGV Tipper trucks which probably account for around 60% of my action cam incidents.
by AndyBSG
11 Oct 2016, 3:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bus Deliberate Collision?
Replies: 76
Views: 8651

London Bus Deliberate Collision?

Not sure if this one has been discussed on here or not.

Given the cyclist was stopped at a junction ahead of the bus I really don't know how the driver can not have seen the cyclist there which makes you think this was kind of deliberate or am I missing something?

by AndyBSG
10 Aug 2016, 9:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I want to Ride London 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1078

Re: I want to Ride London 2017

I did it in 2014 and have to say that it's not an experience I really want to repeat.

It is just dangerously oversubscribed, much like the London to Brighton for British Heart Foundation, and the number of accidents this year are an example.

There are much more enjoyable charity rides out there that don't suffer from the same wheel to wheel five mile an hour crawl that huge parts of Ride London are. and hold much more enjoyable, smaller scale charity rides.
by AndyBSG
26 Jul 2016, 4:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike for my budget?
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: Best bike for my budget?

As Bonefish mentioned getting rid of the suspension forks will make a huge difference in weight and performance.

Suspension weighs you down and it also bleeds a huge amount of energy out of the bike meaning you have to work a lot harder.

Also, on a sub £500 bike the suspension is likely to be really cheap and nasty as well as even heavier than on a decent suspension bike.

Whenever asked about suspension by friends my reply is simple. Unless you are doing REAL off road riding involving drops and jumps then it's simply a waste of weight, money and effort.

All of the below are reasonable hybrid commuters in your price range(My personal preference would be the Giant or Cannondale) ... -bike-2015 ... _78805.htm ... _83941.htm ... _90280.htm ... _83035.htm
by AndyBSG
22 Jun 2016, 3:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Equipment To Take Whilest Riding
Replies: 41
Views: 2541

Re: Equipment To Take Whilest Riding

Most of what I have has been covered above but here's the full list of what's in my saddle bags or clipped onto my bike

2 spare inner tubes
Tyre levers
Cable Ties(Can't beleive no one else has listed these, they fix everything!)
Water Bottle
Bike Lock
Bank Card
Water Proof Jacket
Spare battery for lights

I've also found a pair of pliers is pretty useful as well but my saddle bags can't fit any more in!
by AndyBSG
6 Jun 2016, 10:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why don't I use Wiggle?
Replies: 105
Views: 19755

Re: Why don't I use Wiggle?

Slightly related and not sure it justifies a separate thread.

With Halfords buying out Tredz and Wiggle merging with Chain Reaction does this mean were going to see a price war start between the two groups, to our benefit, or just slowly see a monopoly forming to our wallets detriment?
by AndyBSG
11 May 2016, 4:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Recommend me a new road bike tyre
Replies: 12
Views: 1053

Re: Recommend me a new road bike tyre

Will be interested to hear what you go with in the end and how you get on.

I think i'm in the minority in that i've never really had much luck with the widely praised Marathon Plus tyres and always used Specialized Armadillo's but these have recently been replaced with Armadillo Elite which don't really seem any different other than having an extra 25% slapped on the cost of them!

Avoid the S-Work Turbo's from Specialized though, i've had problems with 3 of them now in that the tyre wall is really flimsy
by AndyBSG
10 May 2016, 2:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Advance cycle traffic light spotted in London
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Re: Advance cycle traffic light spotted in London

iviehoff wrote:Anyone seen any others, or is this a first?

There's been one at the notorious Bow Roundabout for a year or so... Just a shame most of the traffic on that roundabout jumps the red lights during rush hour anyway making it of dubious benefit.
by AndyBSG
10 May 2016, 2:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long Term Bike Storage - Maintenance
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Long Term Bike Storage - Maintenance

So, having been the proud owner of two bikes for around a year now i've found an unexpected downside.

My shiny expensive road bike has now spent the last 8 months sitting in the garage untouched other than two charity rides while my more versatile hybrid is pretty much my bike of choice for anything under 50 miles.

The garage is dry and I've made sure the chain is lubed up but's that's about the extent of it for the road bike. Given it's probably only likely to be coming out half a dozen times a year now is there anything else I should be doing to stop it going to ruin? If so, how often should I be doing it?
by AndyBSG
7 Mar 2016, 3:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best road cycle for £600?
Replies: 12
Views: 2505

Re: Best road cycle for £600?

The Giant Defy models frequently get voted best entry level road bikes.

I started out on a Defy and even though I've gone through several higher spec bikes I still find myself comparing them all to my old Defy!
by AndyBSG
1 Mar 2016, 11:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 'Metrea' Groupset
Replies: 65
Views: 5225

Shimano 'Metrea' Groupset

Shimano have launched a brand new groupset called the Metrea. Looks like it's possibly designed to sit in between the gap there is between road bike and MTB groupsets which could possibly make it ideal for hybrid bikes?

I'm intrigued as I currently have a road bike but also have a cheap hybrid which i'm in the process of rebuilding to turn into a speedy commuter that will let me use towpaths/dirt tracks that my road bike won't. I was going to go for the Deore groupset but wondering if this could be a good alternative...

So, is this a possible alternative or am I just getting sucked in because it's shiny and new? :)