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by Barks
4 Jan 2020, 10:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Is 'ethical cycling' also a protected belief?
Replies: 33
Views: 1151

Re: Is 'ethical cycling' also a protected belief?

Perhaps you have an obsession (meant in jest pls note)
by Barks
22 Dec 2019, 2:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 612
Views: 14182

Re: Why wear black?

That said my car has those A pillar obscuring blind spots you mention,I'm aware of them and move my head and whole upper body at times to get a clear view. I do the same in modern cars. A very poor idea of 'safety' on the car of the designers/manufacturers to think of just minimising the effects of...
by Barks
17 Dec 2019, 2:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Lorry driver jailed for doctor's death.
Replies: 49
Views: 1450

Re: Lorry driver jailed for doctor's death.

Having the windscreen cluttered and obscuring the required range of vision, and bearing in mind both he and the company had been informed that this was unacceptable, means that he and the company were wilfully committing an offence whether or not any incident occurred or not. It is clear that police...
by Barks
15 Dec 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 64
Views: 2675

Re: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles

“This would only really bother those drivers who hate been told what to do, hate having to obey speed limits and hate leaving a sensible distance to the vehicle in front” And they will continue to drive dreadfully even if they are brought to the attention our lax enforcement/punishment system be tha...
by Barks
11 Nov 2019, 8:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Air
Replies: 45
Views: 1440

Re: Winter Air

We have had our first frost down south over the weekend so really handy to have had a local source earlier than normal.
by Barks
9 Oct 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Help for commuting
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Help for commuting

A 4 mile commute, just do it in your normal clothes on a basic hybrid or MTB. No need for expensive or specialty kit. Some cheap waterproofs for when it is really chucking down might be worth it but to be honest is doesn’t really rain very hard very often. Don’t over complicate this, you will only b...
by Barks
7 Oct 2019, 12:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 59
Views: 3416

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

DWR coatings can be ‘refreshed’ by cool ironing or a cool just warm tumble dry. Nikwax make products that can reapply the DWR coating. Just remember though effect ventilation is far more effective than any ‘breathable’ fabric and in rain (when you would expect to wear these things) the breathability...
by Barks
1 Sep 2019, 11:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heat transference between layers (when camping)
Replies: 42
Views: 1839

Re: Heat transference between layers (when camping)

For best performance: Use high quality air bed (like Therma Rest Neo Air series, they have various cold ratings and they are very durable and easily repaired if worst happens) Use down quilt - down underneath is waste of time as it compresses to nothing - with sufficient rating for expected temperat...
by Barks
15 Aug 2019, 2:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15517

Re: Living without owning an internal combustion engine

Grandad wrote:Looks at thread title , thinks

Fuel used on deep ocean shipping needs to be heated and filtered on board the ship in order to make it usable.


I am living without one of these internal combusion engines :)


You are living with them if you buy any imported goods.
by Barks
7 Aug 2019, 12:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help! People + cycles transport needed Bristol -> Portsmouth
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Re: Help! People + cycles transport needed Bristol -> Portsmouth

Why don’t you cycle to Portsmouth, it would only take a day and a bit of easy cycling maybe less depending on your fitness and gear weights? You seem quite happy to be cycling multiple days in France?
by Barks
3 Aug 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington
Replies: 17
Views: 2117

Re: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington

20 minutes from Paddington to Moorgate during working hours? That sound very optimistic! Euston road would be the easiest road, but it's not great. I am not very familiar with the "Cycle Highways" or whateverthey call them, but I'd probably try to go through back roads to Regent's park, P...
by Barks
2 Aug 2019, 1:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington
Replies: 17
Views: 2117

Re: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington

Forgot to mention there is a secure bike cage at Maidenhead Stn - 10yds down the alleyway to right of main Stn entrance.
by Barks
2 Aug 2019, 1:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington
Replies: 17
Views: 2117

Re: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington

I commuted from Maidenhead to London (Westminster) through Paddington for a few years and used two cheap bikes, one at each end. Both were scratched second hand hybrids but drivetrains were good and I looked after them so reasonably efficient. No hills on your London route to speak off so no real ne...
by Barks
1 Aug 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: High Court confirms loophole in mobile phone driving law
Replies: 41
Views: 4619

Re: High Court confirms loophole in mobile phone driving law

‘Using’ a mobile phone in your hand clearly includes any and all of its functionality irrespective of what purpose you are pursuing. This judgement simply ignores the intent behind the legislation that typing or pressing any buttons on a phone or the screen itself is distracting the driver from what...
by Barks
30 Jul 2019, 11:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road sign "cyclists dismount"
Replies: 10
Views: 2732

Re: Road sign "cyclists dismount"

If cycle lane is closed I’d just cycle on the road where the cars go - is that actually illegal in any circumstances (other than motorway)?