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by brooksby
25 Nov 2019, 11:03am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 1238

Re: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles

A local multi storey car park prints the car registration number on the ticket printed when you enter. Last time, my car's registration was apparently "????!!" (Apparently ANPR doesn't like black and silver number plates)
by brooksby
25 Nov 2019, 6:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Will I get fined if I overstay at the local petrol station?
Replies: 15
Views: 724

Re: Will I get fined if I overstay at the local petrol station?

At the big sainsburys up town both entrances have a big sign that flashes up your registration number and what time your 2hrs free parking time expires. No excuse if you get a ticket! There was one at the Sainsbury carpark on Regent Road, Manchester which I drove into a few years ago. It picked up ...
by brooksby
20 Nov 2019, 1:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster
Replies: 170
Views: 5758

Re: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster

Can I ask what your views of a car hitting a pedestrian or stationary object like a signpost on a country road because it was dark and their lights were dipped so they didn't see them? Our views don't matter much. Plus, no pedestrian is under a foot wide and signposts on country roads are mounted i...
by brooksby
20 Nov 2019, 10:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster
Replies: 170
Views: 5758

Re: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster

Also, I think other posts further west on the busway cycleway have painted diamonds around their bases to warn you not to cycle there, so someone at Cambs CC must think there's a danger worth warning about. Is the area to which the OP refers controlled by a different authority? Is that why there is...
by brooksby
20 Nov 2019, 10:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster
Replies: 170
Views: 5758

Re: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster

… I'm pretty sure that posts in cycleways like that should have reflective bands on - I think it may be in the Traffic Signs Manual - and I've persuaded Norfolk to move similar posts from new-built cycleways to the verge, so I suspect it's some sort of shared fault. I've never understood why it's a...
by brooksby
20 Nov 2019, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear
Replies: 32
Views: 1227

Re: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear

For those completists out there, the conclusion to my story: I've taken the front brake blocks off, and I can now clearly what the problem is/was. Badly fitted brake pads ie. "User error" :roll: The right side brake pad was closer in than the left, and (therefore) much, much more worn than...
by brooksby
19 Nov 2019, 2:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!
Replies: 23
Views: 821

Re: Just cleaned my water bottles - UGHHHHH!

Do you have a dish washer? I put mine in there after each use. Also - if you don't - Milton is a good steriliser/cleaner for water bottles. If it's good enough for babies it's good enough for me. There are own brand versions in supermarkets ps it does mean you end up with a few water bottles - a co...
by brooksby
19 Nov 2019, 2:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear
Replies: 32
Views: 1227

Re: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear

pwa wrote:It sounds like a pad issue. Try a different brand.


Thanks for all your comments, people: very helpful. I think in the first instance I'll try a different brand, and see how I get on :D
by brooksby
19 Nov 2019, 9:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear
Replies: 32
Views: 1227

Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear

My latest acquisition has centre-pull cantilever brakes (threadless). My previous bike had V-brakes. Is it common for the pads on canti brakes to wear out much quicker than V-brakes do? I'm not aware of using the brakes any more than I do on my other bike and have only done maybe 500 miles on these ...
by brooksby
8 Nov 2019, 3:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 140
Views: 17689

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

I've ridden lots of France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and a recent ride round Amsterdam. Of all of that I can honestly say that infrastructure has almost nothing to do with feeling at ease on the bike. I can't speak for the inexperienced, but for me it is 99% to do with driver attitude. And that is...
by brooksby
6 Nov 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uber car - software problem
Replies: 37
Views: 1687

Re: Uber car - software problem

I read that article - the investigation has basically admitted that they didn't teach their AI to recognise "jaywalking pedestrians". Makes you wonder what else they didn't think to teach their AIs about...
by brooksby
6 Nov 2019, 8:24am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Something new to watch out for! - suspiciously fast (motor-)bicycles
Replies: 84
Views: 11058

Re: Something new to watch out for! - suspiciously fast (motor-)bicycles

Climbing a hill on the way in this morning I was speedily overtaken by a bloke on another bike. It was only as he was pulling away from me and I was getting to feel a bit inadequate that I noticed he wasn't even pedalling...
by brooksby
6 Nov 2019, 8:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike security
Replies: 39
Views: 2662

Re: Bike security

I rode past a bike stand outside an office building on my way in this morning. Locked to one of the Sheffield stands using one of those 2kg New York Fahgettaboudit Mini locks was the front wheel of a bike. Just the front wheel. I'm going out on a limb, but I suspect someone didn't think their lockin...
by brooksby
2 Nov 2019, 2:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know the chinese brand called XYZ ?
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Re: Anyone know the chinese brand called XYZ ?

Isn't this the exact same text as posted in the road.cc forums, that people are still taking the mick out of several days later? ("Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam etc")
by brooksby
1 Nov 2019, 2:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bad News : implied blame in news reporting
Replies: 13
Views: 675

Re: Bad News : implied blame in news reporting

And how cars are always turning themselves over or running themselves off the road, etc. Anyone would think that they were some sort of wild or semi-domesticated animal rather than a machine :D Yes, cars get out of control. It takes a skilled driver to rein them in, and sometimes the car wins the s...