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by wjhall
7 Jul 2021, 10:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cathedrals Cycle Route challenge
Replies: 84
Views: 2835

Re: Cathedrals Cycle Route challenge

... wrote: I'm thinking that the aquisition of the Pevnsers in which the 42 Anglican cathedrals appear will take longer than the ride itself!!
The descriptions given by Historic England, for example (1), look like extracts from Pevsner.


(1) https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/ ... ry/1129227
by wjhall
5 Jul 2021, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear/ drive train mods to a vintage bike
Replies: 14
Views: 592

Re: Gear/ drive train mods to a vintage bike

.... wrote: 5 Jul 2021, 1:00pm ...

The second is a chain set and freewheel change to allow me to climb hills by pedalling and not pushing. It’s currently got 52/42 at the front, and 13/24 at the rear. ...

Any input much appreciated.
For the gears see my comments in an earlier thread:

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by wjhall
11 Jun 2021, 6:27pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: sustrans cuts routes
Replies: 137
Views: 8252

Re: sustrans cuts routes

.... wrote: Interesting debate. My thoughts

1. The cycle network is helpful for those with children to do family rides on their off road sections. .... ...

2. When I'm planning r......sections on the cycle network they are 'less likely' to be busy roads. ....

3. .... the NCN helps me to identify the quieter back woods areas to focus on ( not guaranteed, but likely), the removal of any 'dubious' sections now makes this easier not harder.

4. As a fairly confident and increasingly experienced cyclist; how busy a road is isn't the main priority when planning routes. .....

Given al this, I can understand their decision to remove sections where safety is an issue, especially for new/inexperience cyclists who might lack confidence (my wife for instance) and focus on other sections. If I'm honest these changes themselves will make no difference to my cycling and will benefit others who might need the help more.
Good points, apart from using Komoot not cycle.travel.

Separating functions 1 and 2 & 3 may be logical, it does mean that someone has to take over 2 & 3, presumably local authorities or tourist authorities are the appropriate bodies.

Your point 4 is, however, often referred to as hubris.

Round here the work of debranding seems to have continued apace in South Gloucestershire.
210607-1639 Baden Hiull Road - Avon Cycleway sign.JPG
Also in North Somerset:
210510-995 St Georges flower bank restickered Avon Cycleway sign.JPG
210510-997 St Michaels in Gordano Avon Cycleway sign.JPG
210511-1066 Hobbs Lane Avon Cycleway restickered.JPG
Just using the route name seems perfectly clear, and is probably best from both route finding and promotional points of view. I doubt if the numbers ever added anything, especially the three digit ones, some of which linger as battered remains.
by wjhall
11 Jun 2021, 6:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Walking the wrong way
Replies: 62
Views: 3067

Re: Walking the wrong way

So far no one has mentioned the rule for large groups of people, rule 5 (2015 edition). In the 1968 edition it refers to groups marching on the road.
by wjhall
11 Jun 2021, 5:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tractor reverse ramming
Replies: 31
Views: 2113

Re: Tractor reverse ramming - almost killed

.... wrote: On a ride yesterday, ......

Cycling slight-downhill gradient around 20mph, ....

I needed to brake very heavily .....
... slowly freewheeled to gain more space behind.
...., as it sped up to 15mph or so.

I lingered ... freewheeling within 5 meters .... over a short distance but tractor driver quickly slowed down for bend in road....... Then .... .... - by then within 2 meters behind trailer.

Had no time at all to get out of the way, ......
by wjhall
11 Jun 2021, 4:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tractor reverse ramming
Replies: 31
Views: 2113

Re: Tractor reverse ramming - almost killed

.... wrote: ....

Cycling slight-downhill gradient around 20mph, ...
The tractor + trailer kicked up a huge amount of dry soil dust like a brown cloud, as it sped up to 15mph or so.

I lingered feathering the brakes & freewheeling within 5 meters or so behind over a short distance ...
Tractors are huge and dangerous, and tractor drivers probably assume you will get out of the way. The only thing this driver seems to have done correctly is to slow down for the bend.

However, as someone pointed out, this post will lead to comments on your actions:

The DoT manual "Driving" recommends vehicle spacings of one yard per mph in normal traffic, a derogation from the full stopping distance at high speeds, more than it at low speeds. At 15 mph that means fifteen yards behind, not five metres. For dangerous vehicles best to allow more, preferably half the county.
by wjhall
11 Jun 2021, 3:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub dynamo with capacitor in light
Replies: 25
Views: 1046

Re: Hub dynamo with capacitor in light

i have two bicycles fitted with Axa Ray Steady rear lamps connected in parallel to front lamps directly across bottle dynamos. The front lamps are different generations of B&M units. One dynamo is an Axa-HR with clipper diodes, the other is a Miller, without clippers.

The rear standlight function works perfectly, which is what I would expect from a lamp with STANDLICHT printed across the plastic.

From my recollection when fitting them the two terminals on the front lamp are connected directly to each other, the resistance between them measuring zero ohms on a multimeter. They are there for mechanical convenience in attaching the rear wiring, not to provide an electrical function. As it happens both my bottle dynamos are at the rear and the parallel connections go separately from them to front and rear lamps.

As pointed out in some earlier posts in this thread the answer to what the connections do and what you can connect to them should be in the manufacturer's documention, preferably as a simple circuit diagram. If it is not, then the manufacturer deserves to be asked for the information.
by wjhall
27 May 2021, 10:02am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 200810 Saville Road-Stoke Hill junction markings
Replies: 14
Views: 1069

Re: 200810 Saville Road-Stoke Hill junction markings

Last week in connection with a different report in which I added a remark that the erased markings at the Station Road, Henbury mini-roundabout had been reported several months ago by someone else and automatically closed I received what is probably, despite the computer style 'Dear W J Hall', a personal reply explaining automatic closure of Fix-My-Street reports:

Dear W J Hall

Thank you for informing us of the faded road markings on Station Rd.

I can assure you that closure of the enquiry does not mean it has been left and ignored, all enquiries close after a set period. We record all enquires that come in. The timing of the completion of the work related to the enquiry depends on a number of factors including weather and resource available to complete the work.

The job to refresh the markings at this location is currently with the contractor and will be completed as part of their rolling programme of maintenance work.

Regards
Highway Maintenance


Even if they have recorded them just informing the reporter of an automatic closure is not a satisfactory response. The same applies to many responses, they often say something like 'closed' or 'no further work required', without saying whether anything has been done.

The Saville Road junction timing markings were recently erased on the Stoke Hill side by surface dressing as far as the lights. It will be interested to see what is repainted there.
by wjhall
27 May 2021, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Daughter wants a new bike
Replies: 135
Views: 7782

Re: Daughter wants a new bike

Having diverted this topic into how everyone's daughter may rejuvenate her bicycle, I may as well continue.

This is a 1980s Raleigh Royal lady corrected for the mountains of Wales, photographed early this morning. It was the easiest of the lot. It already had wide range Sachs-Huret derailleurs with a 32 tooth big cog and the bargain triple chainset sold by Spa early this century fitted the existing bottom bracket. (Which is doubly fortunate because it does have the 72 mm bottom bracket then used by Raleigh.)

IMG_20210527_071906_288-Afon-Wen mouth meanders-Royale.jpg
by wjhall
24 May 2021, 9:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: N Somerset moorland access only restrictions
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: N Somerset moorland access only restrictions

I now begin to recall that I had probably seen both the notice and the Western Mercury article, and forgotten them, probably the April fool idea still dominated my subconcious.

I cannot find any evidence of an internet consultation, so consultation with residents is presumably off line and informal. The local MP is against it (1). I am not very keen on his idea of lanes as roads for elderly drivers. (1). The Tickenham roads group asked if it was part of a coherent plan with proper assessments, whether it would increase traffic in Tickenham and also for some Tickenham Roads to be included. (2)

It is probably an idea whose time will come, but not for some time, and not for longer than the Yeo sluice crossing has been in the works.

(1) https://www.liamfox.co.uk/campaigns/sta ... ntry-lanes

(2) https://trag.org.uk/rural-lanes-prohibi ... ept-access
by wjhall
24 May 2021, 9:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous slippy tarmac
Replies: 38
Views: 2116

Re: Dangerous slippy tarmac

Earlier this century there was a minor national scandal following the discover that the new free draining road surface took six months to develop its nominal friction properties. Until then it was much slippier than earlier surfaces. Various road accidents were attributed to it.
Could there be an element of this here?
by wjhall
24 May 2021, 10:35am
Forum: On the road
Topic: N Somerset moorland access only restrictions
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: N Somerset moorland access only restrictions

... wrote: The date on that is 31st March. Isn't it the plan that was withdrawn "for revision" after public opposition?
https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news ... wn-7881432
Presumably, having failed to find anything official on 2nd April, I had assumed it did not exist and had not enquired further. Do you have any offical references that might lead to opportunities to comment?
by wjhall
24 May 2021, 10:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: N Somerset moorland access only restrictions
Replies: 4
Views: 699

N Somerset moorland access only restrictions

Interestingly, in view of the discussion of the current closure of Nailsea Wall, the whole area seems to be on a proposal for access only restrictions on motor vehicles (1), even including the Kenmoor Road dragstrip, which might explain why Sustrans have kept that in their retained network.

When I first saw it in the paper on 2nd April, I assumed that someone had forgottent to tell the Bristol Post that April Fools end at midday on the first, but it seems to be on the council website, apparently the real one, so it must be real.

I can see it as plausible, because keeping through motor traffic out is probably a benefit to the people directly concerned, those living in the area. What difference it will make presumably depends on what the current proportion of through traffic is, and how local users drive.

It seems possible that there may be local objections on Kingston Seymour lines, concering the danger of cyclists to local traffic. (2)

It is probably an idea whose time will come, but not for some time, longer than the Yeo sluice crossing idea has been in the works.



(1) https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/sites/def ... %20map.pdf
(2) https://www.kingstonseymour.org.uk/pari ... cle-route/
by wjhall
24 May 2021, 10:18am
Forum: On the road
Topic: N Somerset road not closed
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: N Somerset road not closed

...9 wrote: The TR Order is very vague: https://api-gb.one.network/downloads/tm ... 90edeb.pdf
Thank you, the diversion is fairly clear, using the B-road through Yatton to reach the A370, which is logical; Claverham Drove being single track so not suitable for an official diversion, although I expect some local drivers will choose it, probably depending on how many other drivers they meet using it. Round the north through Tickenham also seems a likely route, since it is presumably the main Clevedon-Nailsea route anyway.
by wjhall
24 May 2021, 10:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tutshill sluice Yeo crossing works
Replies: 0
Views: 862

Tutshill sluice Yeo crossing works

... wrote: Can you give an update of progress on the Tutshill sluice crossing of the Yeo?
Has any work started?
I assume you are basing the enquiry on the council website statement that funding is available (1,3) to complete the work for which planning permission was granted in 2018 (2) and that work would start in March 2021. Unfortunately that is all I can offer, so until someone in the know replies or someone goes round to Kingston Seymour to check, we are in the dark.

The last definite information I had was about the time planning permission was granted, when it seemed to be hung up on the question of passing through a field full of cows.

This is a classic example of a typical British failure in project planning. That problem could have been spotted using a couple of sheets of A4 when it was first thought of, or no later than local reaction to the proposals. The same goes for the need to build a new bridge to separate from farm traffic, and the Ramsar issue; these are the kind of things that would show up with a map and a checklist. The detailed design submitted for planning was also flawed, the cattle grids drawn were a type specifically regarded as dangerous for cyclists.

At the time planning permission was granted the doubt seemed to be so large that the progenitor was beginning to talk of a completely different route along the motorway. I assume the belief that funding has been granted means that work is now proceeding on the Tutshill sluice route, with or without a solution to the cattle problem.


(1) https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/sites/def ... 2019_0.pdf
(2) https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/loca ... go-2339436
(3) https://www.kingstonseymour.org.uk/pari ... cle-route/