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by Barks
8 Apr 2020, 9:23am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 154
Views: 5722

Re: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?

It’s very obvious to me now that many drivers are driving faster on all roads (excludes motorways as I haven’t been on any) and instances of overtaking when I am driving at the speed limit are more frequent. Another example was when crossing a road yesterday with a few cars approaching a distance aw...
by Barks
1 Apr 2020, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make your own bike part soaking tray
Replies: 90
Views: 2318

Re: Make your own bike part soaking tray

I have used white spirit for forty odd years, mainly because it is sold as a solvent, rather than a fuel. However I see it can be described as a light kerosene and cannot see any obvious major difference in flammability. For years I was happy to use it with bare hands, then changing to latex gloves...
by Barks
1 Apr 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Cycling Safety
Replies: 46
Views: 1594

Re: Road Cycling Safety

Couldn’t do anything for question after Q2.13 - Q38. Click to write the question text

Click to write Choice 1

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Answered Q2.14 but could not then proceed to next page.

Any suggestions? I use an iPad if that is a factor
by Barks
31 Mar 2020, 11:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make your own bike part soaking tray
Replies: 90
Views: 2318

Re: Make your own bike part soaking tray

Having worked for decades around fuels and oils, petrol presents massively underestimated risk - it’s main problem is the vapour, not the liquid, that is heavier than air and sinks to the lowest point it can find. These pockets can last much longer than people think and then hey ho a small ignition ...
by Barks
31 Mar 2020, 11:21am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Covid 19 and Spitting
Replies: 48
Views: 1730

Re: Covid 19 and Spitting

Footballers on TV are the absolute worst - it appears to be the case they wait until a camera has them in close up before hacking up a gob full and ejecting the whole lot forcefully onto the pitch.
by Barks
23 Mar 2020, 10:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars
Replies: 8
Views: 656

There’s no better time for cities to take space away from cars

Please send onto your local councillors and any one else in a position of influence:

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/23/2119 ... distancing
by Barks
15 Mar 2020, 10:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Left hook
Replies: 15
Views: 1185

Re: Left hook

You have plenty of real witnesses no need for a camera.
by Barks
14 Mar 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reward for reporting idling cars.
Replies: 134
Views: 6320

Re: Reward for reporting idling cars.

Why can’t you just scrape the windscreen and windows free of frost then get in, start the engine and move off? Just wear appropriate clothing including gloves to cover being cold - It takes 2-3 minutes
by Barks
4 Mar 2020, 9:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Increase cycling - Build airfields
Replies: 32
Views: 1348

Re: Increase cycling - Build airfields

Eight of these are military bases (while airfields, some are now home to Army units, e.g. Wattisham and Thorney Island). In most cases, use of cars by personnel living ‘on base’ or in military housing closeby is not routinely allowed from their barracks/housing to their normal place of work. You’d p...
by Barks
27 Feb 2020, 11:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC
Replies: 182
Views: 9350

Re: Woman struck by hit-and-run cyclist in Dalston dies - BBC

A case where e the modification of a vehicle was considered a contributory factor. "Weaponised" is probably a bit more extreme than simply upping the speed, but it does happen I’ve just read the article just posted above and am flabbergasted that a serial driving offender who was driving ...
by Barks
27 Feb 2020, 10:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Shared Space Debate
Replies: 60
Views: 1824

Re: Shared Space Debate

In every other area of our lives ‘near misses’ are given close attention, especially in cases involving industrial machinery, aircraft and boats. Not those involving cars though - is it simply political in that our representatives are fearful of waging a ‘war on the motorist’?
by Barks
24 Feb 2020, 2:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Commuting tips
Replies: 24
Views: 1163

Re: Commuting tips

While there are clear geographic differences in rainfall volumes across the UK, having spent most of a working life outdoors including some extensive periods commuting by bike it can be surprising just how few days it rains really hard even though over last few weeks it feels like the opposite. 4 mi...
by Barks
18 Feb 2020, 9:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion
Replies: 40
Views: 2280

Re: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion

Came across an e-scooter in my small town today, on the pavement reasonably controlled but with all pedestrians giving very wide berth due it being new and strange. I had young dog ((5 mth old) with me who was very unsettled by it. I asked the chap why he wasn’t using the road and he replied it was ...
by Barks
30 Jan 2020, 1:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 80
Views: 2312

Re: e-scooter commuter community

Hi RepusMaximus, I appreciate your viewpoint on everything except you riding this scooter on the pavement. If you want to continue using it then please use the road as that is likely to be the only place that it will ever be given full legal status asa powered vehicle. If you dont feel safe on it us...
by Barks
30 Jan 2020, 8:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: e-scooter commuter community
Replies: 80
Views: 2312

Re: e-scooter commuter community

Hi repusmaximus Barks here - I personally have no objection to these scooters being used in the road and I am pretty sure in time they will be given proper legal status in some shape or form. My point is that you appear to be wary of cycling or using your scooter on the road yet are quite prepared t...