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by dobbo800
16 Aug 2019, 2:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 52
Views: 2968

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

My commute sounds very similar to yours. On my current bike I swapped out the original, crap, narrow, flat pedals for good quality - light, good bearings, wide, grippy - flat ones. I wear boxing trainers because the sole is flat and grippy and they have Velcro fastening. This combination works for m...
by dobbo800
18 Jul 2019, 10:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine SG-S7001-11
Replies: 9
Views: 910

Re: Shimano Alfine SG-S7001-11

"The official recommended lubrication method for this hub is a joke, of course it leaks".

Mine doesn't.
by dobbo800
18 Jul 2019, 10:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New bike - scraping noise from front disc brake
Replies: 20
Views: 790

Re: New bike - scraping noise from front disc brake

It's not unusual for new pads to need 'wear in' time. You get the same issue with motorcycles. One thing you might want to check though - some braking systems use a metal 'spring' to hold the pads back against the pistons and off the rotor. Make sure these springs are installed correctly and are not...
by dobbo800
11 Jun 2018, 11:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cardiff's Cycling Strategy - first disappointments
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Cardiff's Cycling Strategy - first disappointments

Several months ago Cardiff Council announced its new cycling strategy as part of a wider active travel strategy for the city. It all sounded very exciting and fresh at the time. I should have known better. My commute takes me along the River Taff into the city centre, on the southern tip of the Taff...
by dobbo800
1 Jun 2018, 1:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dutch approach to residents' parking
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: Dutch approach to residents' parking

Mind, I think I prefer parked vehicles to moving ones :wink: I happiest riding on busy roads where the traffic is snarled up and can't move or is moving slowly, where I can control things. Quiet urban streets frighten me because I have little control over what's coming up behind me - one of my bigg...
by dobbo800
31 May 2018, 1:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dutch approach to residents' parking
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: Dutch approach to residents' parking

Far too many drivers have a massive sense of self-entitlement when it comes to parking. Urban streets are rammed with stored cars, most of which barely turn a wheel all day or, in some cases, all week. No road to park on? No problem, there's always a handy bit of pavement or grass verge to drive ont...
by dobbo800
31 May 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bellless Bikes Residents At Risk
Replies: 28
Views: 1261

Re: Bellless Bikes Residents At Risk

I've given up using a bell. I found I only ever got one of two reactions: ignored or snarling abuse. So I slow right down around pedestrians, on shared paths, and use my voice instead. I hate shared paths and I'd much rather use the road, but the roads in Cardiff City Centre are a nightmare (4 and 6...
by dobbo800
18 May 2018, 12:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Desperately sad case.....
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Re: Desperately sad case.....

I'm not in favour of the 'throw away the key' approach to sentencing. I believe everyone has a right to review. However...it seems to me there are too many cases where the victim (usually dead) and their family do not receive fair justice. I don't know what the answer is, I really don't. This partic...
by dobbo800
17 May 2018, 4:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Desperately sad case.....
Replies: 35
Views: 1634

Desperately sad case.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-44158417 Two children and now their dad. The driver has just been sent down for 9 years. He had 30 previous driving convictions, including no licence. No doubt he'll be straight back onto the roads as soon as he gets out......he's a serial o...
by dobbo800
3 May 2018, 11:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Welsh Government announces £60 million for walking and cycling schemes
Replies: 19
Views: 1151

Welsh Government announces £60 million for walking and cycling schemes

Carwyn Jones, Welsh Government First Minister, is meeting cyclists in Cardiff today to announce a £60 million package for new and improved schemes that will encourage more walking and cycling. Plans also unveiled for Cardiff's new transport hub, part of the new £600 million south Wales Metro, which ...
by dobbo800
3 May 2018, 11:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pollution and dropping the speed limit.
Replies: 31
Views: 2042

Re: Pollution and dropping the speed limit.

The Welsh Government needs to be helping the people of Port Talbot, the most polluted UK town in terms of micro particles. Worse than central London. M4 (raised up) on one side, steel works on the other. Double-edged sword though, isn't it? Close down the steelworks and you'll rip the heart out of ...
by dobbo800
2 May 2018, 11:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pollution and dropping the speed limit.
Replies: 31
Views: 2042

Re: Pollution and dropping the speed limit.

Welsh Government is very keen on decarbonisation, which includes reducing private car use and increasing levels of active travel. Trouble is, your average car-loving citizen won't give up the convenience of the car, so it's going to be an uphill struggle. By the way, the Welsh Office went the way of...
by dobbo800
23 Apr 2018, 1:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Safety review CONSULTATION
Replies: 71
Views: 4126

Re: Safety review CONSULTATION

atlas_shrugged wrote:@Steady rider

"I do not understand why the county council has such a poor specification for the cycle path. This will have cracks and weeds within two years".


Because it is much cheaper and they can get away with it.
by dobbo800
18 Apr 2018, 6:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Crash investigation
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

Re: Crash investigation

Does the paper still publish letters from readers? I had many published in my local papers years ago (it was easy, they do not get so many as the Grauniad) Used short texts with humour or feigned naivete, you could try that I still have a letter from someone else.. Dear Madam A unique sighting, a v...
by dobbo800
17 Apr 2018, 6:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Crash investigation
Replies: 5
Views: 1108

Re: Crash investigation

Terrible incident: I'm glad that the driver was prosecuted for 'dangerous' and not just 'careless', and that he was actually found guilty. (However, compare and contrast the reconstruction efforts here with that reconstruction of stopping distances used during the Alliston trial...) Yes, it seems t...