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by mike_dowler
31 Aug 2015, 6:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Children's Bikes
Replies: 66
Views: 3882

Re: Children's Bikes

We started with a Specialised MX16 - similar to your Halfords one, but the attraction of a brand name. Big mistake. As the children have got bigger, we moved to an Islabikes Beinn 20L and then a Frog 62. Love the Islabikes, but their recent price hikes mean that the larger models are just silly mone...
by mike_dowler
7 Aug 2015, 10:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie considering cycling in London - help!
Replies: 39
Views: 2927

Re: Newbie considering cycling in London - help!

My preferred route is via King St and Queen St to Southwark bridge, which has a nice cycle lane. Then right into Southwark St, right on Blackfriars Road then immediate left to go along the South Bank. Through St Thomas' hospital and over Westminster bridge. From Parliament Square it's fairly easy to...
by mike_dowler
18 Feb 2015, 7:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Filtering and pedestrians
Replies: 13
Views: 2505

Re: Filtering and pedestrians

Use your bell. I used to get this regularly when riding in a cycle lane up the inside of stationary traffic. Unless you are on a 'bent, most cars are not too much of an obstacle to los. Buses, however, are a real problem. Keep your speed down, your eyes open, and expect a pedestrian anywhere that yo...
by mike_dowler
21 Jan 2015, 7:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?
Replies: 90
Views: 10629

Re: Deterrent sentencing for pavement cycling?

It seems to me that there is a real risk that this case could backfire, in that (as many on here are calling for) it might result ultimately in deregulation of pavement cycling. This would do nothing to improve the image of cyclists in the eyes of the general public, and would reduce any incentive t...
by mike_dowler
13 Jan 2015, 3:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 8927

Re: Cycle Schemes - are they still worth it?

I bought a Brompton (approx £950) as a higher rate taxpayer. Left at the end of the year and was taxed on a nominal value of £250. So, I saved the tax on £700 of the cost.
by mike_dowler
12 Jan 2015, 5:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling into the River/Canal
Replies: 70
Views: 4805

Cycling into the River/Canal

I confess that I have fallen into the Regents Canal in London. I had a squash racquet in my rucksack, and the handle caught on the underside of a bridge as I was cycling through. Gave quite a fright to the couple having a romantic picnic on the bench just past the bridge! I gave up cycling on then t...
by mike_dowler
26 Dec 2014, 12:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed
Replies: 20
Views: 3105

Re: Awful, awful cycling and I feel totally incensed

Indeed, how many times have you had to brake because a car moved in an unexpected way? Did you feel the need to post a rant each time then? I'm not condoning bad cycling, but I don't subscribe to the view that a cat driver needs a medal merely for taking action to avoid running over another road user.
by mike_dowler
10 Dec 2014, 3:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Children on the back the front and everywhere else
Replies: 11
Views: 1204

Re: Children on the back the front and everywhere else

You can't really put them on a bike until they are 9 months or so - unless you have something like a Circe Morpheus where you can mount a car seat on the front. By that stage, you may find that the current child is able to ride themselves, at least on a trailer bike. We have a Roland Add+Bike, which...
by mike_dowler
8 Dec 2014, 9:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: They tend to drive at what they consider to be a safe speed
Replies: 43
Views: 5470

Re: They tend to drive at what they consider to be a safe sp

Indeed. I think we rightly object when cyclists are forced onto shared paths to keep the road free for cars. A shared roadway is good for everyone.
by mike_dowler
26 Nov 2014, 10:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tanker lorry, spot on driving
Replies: 20
Views: 2997

Re: Tanker lorry, spot on driving

OTOH, I had a bus driver yesterday who started encroaching on my (already narrow) cycle lane, so I banged on the doors to alert him. His hand signals in response indicated that he didn't understand the issue.
by mike_dowler
17 Nov 2014, 10:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK road culture : Ched Evans vs Luke McCormick compared
Replies: 74
Views: 15967

Re: UK road culture : Ched Evans vs Luke McCormick compared

It is absurd that people would be willing to look more kindly upon someone who had committed a crime or admitted to something they hadn't done than somebody who steadfastly refused to admit to something they hadn't done. But that is just the point - legally, he has done it. At some point in the fut...
by mike_dowler
16 Nov 2014, 7:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: UK road culture : Ched Evans vs Luke McCormick compared
Replies: 74
Views: 15967

Re: UK road culture : Ched Evans vs Luke McCormick compared

But it is relevant. Clubs are dependent on the support of their fans. It's not like this is some official ruling. By maintaining his innocence, Evans gives himself the burden of providing evidence to overturn the guilty verdict. If he succeeds, then of course he should be employable. If he had admit...
by mike_dowler
16 Nov 2014, 6:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Motorcyclist encounters obstructive motorist (YouTube)
Replies: 62
Views: 6005

Re: The Calm Before The Storm

I am interested in the assertion that motorcyclists have the right to filter. Does this have any basis in eg the HC? I appreciate the argument that it makes a (small) reduction in the length of the queue, but cannot see why it should be necessary. After all motorbikes are perfectly able to keep up w...
by mike_dowler
8 Nov 2014, 10:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Aggressive Camden Council Driver – Worth Reporting?
Replies: 9
Views: 1587

Re: Aggressive Camden Council Driver – Worth Reporting?

The only company OTTOMH that I wouldn't bother with is Addison Lee I got dangerously cut up by one of their drivers because he was too busy fiddling with his mobile. I was fuming, but didn't manage to get the licence plate. From your comment, it sounds like it wouldn't have made much difference any...
by mike_dowler
5 Nov 2014, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alternative to spokes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1190

Alternative to spokes?

This was in the news a while back - I thought they had a kickstarter project or some such, but didn't see it mentioned in the website. Of course, suspension is not free beer, and the increased comfort costs in terms of wasted power. I'm not sure how much I would be willing to make that sacrifice on ...