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by Barks
6 Apr 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hengitsbury Head Land Train
Replies: 10
Views: 903

Re: Hengistbury Head Land Train

I think the real point here is that an incident involving a ‘land’ or ‘noddy’ train immediately invites investigation and suspension of activity yet daily far worse infractions on the highway are just accepted as part of the normal goings on. Simialraly ‘near miss’ incidents within commercial activi...
by Barks
27 Mar 2019, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Electric Conversion Advice please
Replies: 14
Views: 1600

Re: Brompton Electric Conversion Advice please

the torque isn't that high (like brake torque is) and it isn't 'pulsy' (like pedalling torque is) so it is probably going to be OK. It might be better to build even x1 but if this makes the spokes go into the rim at a funny angle it is a question of choosing the lesser of two evils. BTW I thought t...
by Barks
23 Mar 2019, 9:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2825

Re: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

Do away with all cycle lanes and make it quite plain to car bus and lorry drivers that cyclists are to ride in the centre of the appropriate lane for their direction at the junction. You might have to accept that filtering is not allowed though.
by Barks
23 Mar 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Review of Highways Act 1835
Replies: 30
Views: 3257

Re: Review of Highways Act 1835

As vehicles used on the road need to meet defined standards surely the logic is that if there is no ‘standard’ then it can’t be used. As long as these things can meet expected road conditions (particularly speed, manouvering and braking) then introducing a ‘standard’ allows manufacturers to design a...
by Barks
19 Mar 2019, 7:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Insurance for cyclists again
Replies: 18
Views: 2808

Re: Insurance for cyclists again

Is there any indication of why he holds these views as opposed to campaigning on uninsured/unlicensed drivers for instance?
by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5102

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

At risk of thread divert, which size of tarp do you use? Do you carry any poles to help with your pitching, if so how many? Am planning to head for the woods soon to practice my tarping. My trap is 3m x 2.9m. I use trekking poles when hiking and have a fibreglass ‘hoop’ pole when cycling. The trekk...
by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 9:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic policing in th Wild West
Replies: 17
Views: 2858

Re: Traffic policing in th Wild West

Enforcement and punishment, or fear of them, are the only things that would work At the moment we have the worst combination of low enforcement levels and weak punishment, the best example of the latter being not issuing driving bans once 12 points accumulated. Sorry but if you or your family absol...
by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5102

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

The DD range of kit looks very lightweight and reasonably priced ... especially the sleeping bags .... anyone had much bad weather experience of the mesh inner and tarp combo ? I have used this combo for over two years on a number of long hikes weekly mileage around 100) and a couple of weeks in th...
by Barks
17 Mar 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5102

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

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by Barks
17 Mar 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5102

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

I use a DD Hammocks mesh inner with bathtub floor, tarp and inner well under 1kg - admittedly on a bike 2kg is less of an issue but I also use mine fir long distance backpacking. Apart from the weight I find the flexibility of the tarp is a great improvement over a tent and if erected low at one end...
by Barks
17 Mar 2019, 3:04pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5102

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

At just over 2kg the Ukralight 2 is way too heavy. A DD Hammocks 3m square tarp and mesh inner come under 900 g and less than the cost of this Decathlon effort. Much more versatile and probably more robust.
by Barks
27 Feb 2019, 9:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: How NOT to behave in a traffic altercation ;)
Replies: 9
Views: 3585

Re: How NOT to behave in a traffic altercation ;)

And the driver tried to hide the fire extinguisher behind his back - he needs time in prison.
by Barks
16 Feb 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 10494

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

Knackers wrote: you're more likely to see a vehicle actually doing 30 in a 30. It's a trend that's very slowly been growing over the last decade or so. (I'm even starting to see folk doing 20 in a 20!) I’d generally agree with that but it’s the ones that don’t/won’t comply that present the greatest ...
by Barks
15 Feb 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 10494

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

If Today’s cars were stripped of all the bolt on safety features, ambulance crews were restricted 1960s techniques and equipment and we done away with air ambulances then we would see death rates back up to 70s levels without any doubt. There is no excuse for drivers to flaunt the law, we now have t...
by Barks
15 Feb 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 10494

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

Many drivers cope perfectly well with all these groups - the problem is that far too many drivers have no regard for the laws, guidance and conventions that apply to using cars on the roads or indeed other users of the road irrespective of their ‘group’ and this includes other car drivers who are op...