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by The utility cyclist
21 Aug 2019, 1:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: the right road at the right time
Replies: 16
Views: 623

Re: the right road at the right time

Sometimes rides are not meant to be pleasant or enjoyable, sometimes rides are perfunctory, simply about getting from A-B, which means going in as straight a line as possible, and as advocated by Mikael Colvile-Andersen as one of the things that encourages people to cycle and that people who do cycl...
by The utility cyclist
20 Aug 2019, 10:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: the right road at the right time
Replies: 16
Views: 623

Re: the right road at the right time

do you avoid using certain roads at certain times under certain weather conditions? i was driving over the A628 west-east the woodhead pass late on friday night. many users here would know the route - a busy link between manchester and the M1 sheffield area which is a popular route for HGVs. condit...
by The utility cyclist
20 Aug 2019, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DAK ... where to get at a decent price 571/650C 25/28mm tyres
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: DAK ... where to get at a decent price 571/650C 25/28mm tyres

Why don't they just start making road size 650B stuff (rims/tyres)? Now that the size is more popular among mountain bikers, might be easily than trying to revive 650C, which seems to be showing little to no signs of life (it could service all the old 650A/26 x 1 3/8" roadsters too). I don't u...
by The utility cyclist
20 Aug 2019, 1:15am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe
Replies: 78
Views: 2870

Re: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe

The law is clear if you are on foot you are a pedestrian*, even if you have a bike in hand. there's nothing ridiculous about it, only the council (probably) unlawful injunction is ridiculous! *Crank v Brooks [1980] RTR 441, wheeling a bike is not "riding" it, per Waller LJ, "In my jud...
by The utility cyclist
20 Aug 2019, 12:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DAK ... where to get at a decent price 571/650C 25/28mm tyres
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: DAK ... where to get at a decent price 571/650C 25/28mm tyres

Just also noted that Halfords are selling their Rouen 650C bike with the cheap Kenda tyres for £180, they are also selling a Kenda 25-571 tyre at £5 each so probably get a few, it's not really the tyre I was after but it's simply not worth spending £100+ even though it would improve the ride/rolling...
by The utility cyclist
19 Aug 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DAK ... where to get at a decent price 571/650C 25/28mm tyres
Replies: 7
Views: 233

DAK ... where to get at a decent price 571/650C 25/28mm tyres

So I've just bought my grandson a racing bike so we can attempt breaking LEJOG at the youngest age, no actually just so he can have a nice bike for the roads when he gets a bit older so it's a lay up for at least 2-3 years. But I want to get some tyres for it, currently had Hutchinson 23s but want 2...
by The utility cyclist
19 Aug 2019, 9:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe
Replies: 78
Views: 2870

Re: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe

BC and CyclingUK probably got involved because the council/plannig inspector had written directly to local cycling clubs telling them that they were not to use the cafe for meets (and possibly indicating that the injunction being sought would extend to to the clubs). The council withdrew those thre...
by The utility cyclist
19 Aug 2019, 3:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 64
Views: 1967

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

which of these journeys would you rather take, the blue route or the yellow route? The blue route is a motorway :? And that A2 motorway has cycleways, cycle lanes or cycleable roads alongside it all through the section on that map. I rode across the bottom edge of that map a few years ago. At worst...
by The utility cyclist
17 Aug 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 64
Views: 1967

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

TUC If you haven't already I'd recommend you take a trip to NL with a bike,it'll become immediately apparent just how many people do cycle and how good their system is for bike use as a mode of transport and not just as an enthusiast's pursuit. Motoring isn't banned in NL but it's restricted in tow...
by The utility cyclist
17 Aug 2019, 3:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 64
Views: 1967

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

I don’t know why cyclists see ebikes as threat, they are almost a different form of transport, people that ride them would probably have not made that journey by bike. They are a greater threat to the safety of everyone including the user, we've read on here the exultation of users being able to go...
by The utility cyclist
17 Aug 2019, 9:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Audax Bike (Spa?) with Tourer Gearing & Double vs. Triple
Replies: 76
Views: 4287

Re: Audax Bike (Spa?) with Tourer Gearing & Double vs. Triple

I guess that most Audaxers want a detuned race machine with a few concessions to comfort, whereas I want a faster tourer. In reality those two concepts come very close and perhaps overlap. The second you lose shifting with a bar end lever, or a down tube lever, matters to a professional road racer ...
by The utility cyclist
16 Aug 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 4'8" kids on 29" wheeled MTBs
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: 4'8" kids on 29" wheeled MTBs

O got my 10 year old grandson a mint cond. Raleigh Max Ogre from the mid to late 90s at beginning of summer hols, it's 26" wheels and quite literally he has to have the saddle down as far as it will go but he loves it. I would say that a 29er would have a bit more stability than smaller wheeled...
by The utility cyclist
16 Aug 2019, 6:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tampering with locks: wet rag on it?
Replies: 35
Views: 1419

Re: Tampering with locks: wet rag on it?

Stop being lazy, take your lock with you, personally I can't stand the look of racks and lamposts/railings with several locks adorned to it, especially since you know full well many don't actually get use! it's selfish as it makes life harder to lock your own bike up and it's unsightly.
by The utility cyclist
16 Aug 2019, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Audax Bike (Spa?) with Tourer Gearing & Double vs. Triple
Replies: 76
Views: 4287

Re: Audax Bike (Spa?) with Tourer Gearing & Double vs. Triple

My Spa Audax (Titanium) was bought as a frameset and built up by me with bar end levers that you sometimes see on tourers but rarely on "Audax" bikes. Do you know why this is? I guess that most Audaxers want a detuned race machine with a few concessions to comfort, whereas I want a faster...
by The utility cyclist
16 Aug 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it
Replies: 64
Views: 1967

Re: Is electric the end of the bike as we know it

What will e-bikes increase cycling to as a % of transportation, say in the next 5 years, 10 years or 20? I'll make a charitable wager that e-cycling will not increase cycling as a whole in any significant way over the next 10 years at least, just as it hasn't in Netherlands. I wouldn't like to gues...