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by John Holiday
10 Sep 2019, 5:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not all cyclists are perfect! (head butt pedestrian)
Replies: 34
Views: 1339

Re: Not all cyclists are perfect! (head butt pedestrian)

Oh dear! Just the sort of hysterical publicity cycling doesn't need.
by John Holiday
6 Sep 2019, 5:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Re: Children learning to ride

Interesting responses to my original comment. As National Standards Bikeability Instructor in schools, I am always keen to persuade people to buy a balance bike,rather than the dreaded stabilizers, or just remove the pedals. With regard to age,was in Switzerland a couple of years ago at UECT Rally, ...
by John Holiday
1 Sep 2019, 3:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Children learning to ride

Just back from local Eco-fair where I had offered to do some basic cycle repairs/checks. Little take up unfortunately, but did manage to teach a nine year old & her twelve year old brother to ride for first time. Younger girl still had dreaded stabilizers fitted,so threw them away & soon had...
by John Holiday
29 Aug 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 126
Views: 5232

Re: Bells on bikes

Regarding the comment about a wheel driven bell, whilst touring in The Netherlands a few years ago I visited a local bike shop. Was surprised to find a box with a wheel driven bell operated by a handlebar trigger. Even more surprised to see the label still marked in Guilders! Had to add it to my col...
by John Holiday
27 Aug 2019, 2:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 126
Views: 5232

Re: Bells on bikes

Am amazed at the range of response to my query!
Particularly enjoyed the trombone.
Not sure that my visually impaired stoker is quite up to that however.
I am rarely in a rush on my bike,so am quote happy to slow down & greet those I pass,either cyclists or pedestrians.
by John Holiday
25 Aug 2019, 3:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 126
Views: 5232

Bells on bikes

Just enjoyed a few hours cycling on traffic free NCN route on the Wirral. Hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians out enjoying the sunshine. Strangely I appeared to be virtually the only cyclist equipped with a bell. All my bikes are fitted with 'Dutch style ding/dong bells,which often elicit favourabl...
by John Holiday
23 Aug 2019, 9:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Forks on backwards
Replies: 54
Views: 2289

Re: Forks on backwards

A few weeks ago whilst doing Bikeability Training in school, one girl with a new bike had her forks reversed.
" We bought it last Saturday in Halfords " was the answer to our question about it.
Unfortunately not an uncommon experience.
Always recommend using LBS.
by John Holiday
10 Aug 2019, 3:39pm
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Birthday Rides 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 556

Birthday Rides 2019

Just back from excellent week of cycling in quiet villages around North Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire.
Splendid venue at Wyboston ,& good to see so many old friends & new faces too.
Many thanks to the organisers & to the local members who put the rides together.
by John Holiday
28 Jun 2019, 6:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 199
Views: 14103

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

All my bikes are fitted with Dutch 'ding dong ' bells & over the years have found them very useful in providing a distinct audible warning at up to 30m away. It frequently elicits a 'that's a nice bell' comment & is not aggressive, as a shouted warning might be interpreted. As a Sustrans Ran...
by John Holiday
28 Jun 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 199
Views: 14103

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

Just had a similar incident on local estate roads. Riding back from morning swim & lady on phone walking towards me. She then steps into the road still on her phone. About 15m away I rang my Dutch 'ding dong' loudly and braked. She leapt about a foot in the air & apologised! Why do people ha...
by John Holiday
18 Jun 2019, 5:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 199
Views: 14103

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

What a bizarre ruling!
On this basis,any vehicular traffic in towns should be proceeding at walking pace,just in case a pedestrian decides to cross.
Appreciate that roads are for everyone, but puzzled by ruling.
Appeal in the offing?
by John Holiday
16 Jun 2019, 6:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brompton + trains from St Petersburg to London
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: Brompton + trains from St Petersburg to London

Cycled with Brompton recently in Warsaw & travelled by train from Gdansk without any problems.
Warsaw was quite cycle friendly with some good infrastructure.
Enjoy
by John Holiday
15 Jun 2019, 7:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Budapest
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: Budapest

Had a few days in Budapest recently with Brompton. Quite good cycling infrastructure & plenty of cyclists around. Biggest hazard seemed to be the electric scooters! Lots of great sights & cycling gives opportunity to see more.
Enjoy.
by John Holiday
14 Jun 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tandem rides for visually impaired
Replies: 9
Views: 2514

Re: Tandem rides for visually impaired

Thanks for the update merrimac.
I already have a tandem, but occasionally need another & happy to recommend Charlotte's Tandems.
by John Holiday
11 Jun 2019, 7:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: You have to laugh
Replies: 1
Views: 2124

Re: You have to laugh

If it wasn't so serious potentially! Unfortunately, so many drivers have minimal Hazard Perception. They hurtle round narrow lanes with bends & are shocked to find a pedestrian, horse or cyclist in their way.. Was discussing this recently with horse rider who said many of her friends had stopped...