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by Ruadh495
14 Dec 2017, 3:14pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16512

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

My comment was more about the possession (rather than use, though arguably it was doing as much good where it was as it would be on his head and didn't present a strangulation risk) of the helmet than anything else, though the riding on the pavement was illegal and the lack of lights would have made...
by Ruadh495
14 Dec 2017, 12:28pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16512

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

I'm not sure it was after sunrise, legally it might have been but there certainly wasn't much light and I wouldn't have considered riding without lights in those conditions myself.

Lacking lights I think riding on the pavement was a good choice.
by Ruadh495
14 Dec 2017, 10:50am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16512

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

Saw a pupil on his way to school yesterday; riding on the pavement on the wrong side of the road, dark clothing (school uniform), no lights, but he did have a helmet... hung from the side of the saddle.

So I guess one of my local schools has a similar policy.
by Ruadh495
13 Dec 2017, 4:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should having the right to a home be enshrined in law?
Replies: 26
Views: 918

Re: Should having the right to a home be enshrined in law?

Tiny homes are a great idea, but it's finding a site that's the problem. And planning, of course. I'd like to see a right to reside on your own land, without implying any right/permission to erect permanent structures. So an individual can buy cheap land and live there in a tent, but building a bung...
by Ruadh495
8 Dec 2017, 1:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Minimum Standard of Living
Replies: 102
Views: 2850

Re: Minimum Standard of Living

One of the big problems in the UK (IMO) is that rents are so high, and so much higher than mortgage costs. That's partly down to low interest rates, but also due to landlords being speculative investors who are themselves borrowing most of the capital. So the rent has to cover the mortgage plus land...
by Ruadh495
8 Dec 2017, 12:41pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16512

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

I have Schwalbe "Snow Studs" which are even cheaper (the trick is to buy them in May...) Currently on their second winter so getting on for 2000 miles on them. I lost a few studs early on (I've got the tool too) but none recently. You do need clearances for 622 X 40 though. They are draggy...
by Ruadh495
4 Dec 2017, 10:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Canoe
Replies: 51
Views: 3779

Re: Canoe

I let my BCU membership lapse years ago. I'd have kept it for the waterways license but there's no waterways around here that are on it. Plenty of canoeing, all on tidal water. I was never an Instructor, so lapsing isn't a problem. BCU Instructor qualifications are voided if your membership lapses...
by Ruadh495
1 Dec 2017, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Canoe
Replies: 51
Views: 3779

Re: Canoe

For anyone considering canoing, I recommend some practice righting a canoe in open water. Even experienced canoeists sometimes tip or get swamped, and it was a 'test' I had to pass before I was allowed to canoe on my own when I was young (early teens?). Also, keep any valuables, such as phones and ...
by Ruadh495
1 Dec 2017, 3:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Canoe
Replies: 51
Views: 3779

Re: Canoe

PH wrote:What do canoes do at locks? Get out and carry I suppose?


IIRC (which I might not), the BCU "license" doesn't cover use of locks, so yes, exactly that. Small trolleys are useful.
by Ruadh495
1 Dec 2017, 2:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Canoe
Replies: 51
Views: 3779

Re: Canoe

Why fanciful? You might want a trailer though, even for an inflatable. They are moderately bulky when deflated. I did hear of someone doing a fairly significant tour (think it was in Canada) with a folding tandem and rigid aluminium canoe on a trailer. The bike could tow the canoe and the whole lot,...
by Ruadh495
1 Dec 2017, 2:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Canoe
Replies: 51
Views: 3779

Re: Canoe

There's a few folding canoes and kayaks about which generally outperform inflatables. They do tend to be expensive. That BCU membership includes insurance as well. They do remind me of British Cycling, though (or rather British Cycling reminds me of the BCU). There's no non-competitive recreational ...
by Ruadh495
1 Dec 2017, 1:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Canoe
Replies: 51
Views: 3779

Re: Canoe

"Pack rafts" are something else again and some people are combining them with cycling. Either a folding mountain bike carried on the bow or a fat bike towed behind (apparently the tyres have sufficient volume to float the bike... must play havoc with the drive train). Decathlon do an "...
by Ruadh495
1 Dec 2017, 1:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A retailer requests my personal details
Replies: 22
Views: 1094

Re: personal details

Halfords. Again the excuse is an e-receipt and since I was buying a number plate I had to give all kinds of details anyway...

but they do use the email to send spam.
by Ruadh495
30 Nov 2017, 2:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harry is marrying Ms Merkel?
Replies: 316
Views: 12762

Re: Harry is marrying Ms Merkel?

Has she passed her "Life in the UK" (or whatever it's called) residence test? Signed up for her English language course and "shown progress"?
by Ruadh495
29 Nov 2017, 3:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Canoe
Replies: 51
Views: 3779

Re: Canoe

Pity, they're a lot of fun. The canoe vs kayak debate reminds me of recumbent vs upright... I'm in the canoe camp myself, though I started in kayaks. Tried going back to kayak a few years ago and was surprised how tiring it was, particularly across the shoulders. The paddle weighs twice as much as a...