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by Barks
5 Sep 2020, 11:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 6 month suspended sentance for death by dangerous driving
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: 6 month suspended sentance for death by dangerous driving

Losing control on a bend because you are going faster than the speed limit is dangerous driving not merely careless - that is the big problem with the legal framework in this area, it needs to be more proscriptive.
by Barks
3 Aug 2020, 10:57am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Escooter trial to start
Replies: 63
Views: 2857

Re: Escooter trial to start

E scooters are an effective form of local transport and, in the main because they are new and different, are particularly attractive to those who want to be seen as ‘cutting edge’ and trendy’ and ‘attention seeking’. That shouldn’t detract from the clear practical opportunities that they offer parti...
by Barks
21 Jul 2020, 9:32am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Public Footpaths - cycling?
Replies: 189
Views: 5880

Re: Public Footpaths - cycling?

I don’t mind cyclists on footpaths but I do expect common courtesy towards others which as a minimum includes slowing down (and on narrow paths stopping) and passing safely - the same applies to bridelepaths. And that courtesy extends to dogs be they on a lead or off it. In practice, rapid bell ring...
by Barks
15 Jul 2020, 10:08am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Escooter trial to start
Replies: 63
Views: 2857

Re: Escooter trial to start

The whole video is of e-scooters being demonstrated on the pavements and footway which is NOT allowed in the terms of the trial. Why haven’t Middlesbrough police prosecuted the lot of them - wont be difficult to identify at least one of them, its the City mayor! (And by the way I am a supporter of e...
by Barks
15 Jul 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bromptons - Not Impressed
Replies: 120
Views: 22718

Re: Bromptons - Not Impressed

OP doesn’t get it because he is only looking at one aspect, ride quality, and predetermining what the standard is. I have had a Brompton now for four years and I have found myself using it as the default bike for all routine trips in preference to my long-standing workhorse hybrid with rack and pann...
by Barks
28 Jun 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Oldest Still Serving Panniers/Saddle Bag
Replies: 41
Views: 1346

Re: Oldest Still Serving Panniers/Saddle Bag

I have a set of Karrimor panniers that I bought for a cycle camping trip to Brittany I did in 1975 - I have used them routinely ever since although now only for shopping trips on a 1995 Claude Butler Shinob (bought new then, the only non original parts are the rear block, chains, cables and brake bl...
by Barks
21 May 2020, 10:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Facebook users - “yes” to speeding, dangerous, nuisance motorbikes
Replies: 40
Views: 1708

Re: Facebook users - “yes” to speeding, dangerous, nuisance motorbikes

No, a law abiding motorcyclist at the moment would stand out from the crowd.
by Barks
21 May 2020, 12:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Facebook users - “yes” to speeding, dangerous, nuisance motorbikes
Replies: 40
Views: 1708

Re: Facebook users - “yes” to speeding, dangerous, nuisance motorbikes

Well at the moment on the now traffic free ‘ish’ bendy lanes round where I live I have yet to see a motor cycle not attempting race track style cornering, quite how they don’t have more ‘head ons’ with cars is still a surprise though, and blatant speeding.
by Barks
21 May 2020, 12:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How many times can you commit the same offence
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: How many times can you commit the same offence

I wonder how many times he's driven and hasn't been caught. I suspect daily but that is just my guess. Oh except for the 119 times he has been caught, it all just beggars belief but with another 60 odd other convictions in his history he clearly is well known to the criminal justice system. Wonder ...
by Barks
24 Apr 2020, 8:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Covid 19 and Spitting
Replies: 58
Views: 2690

Re: Covid 19 and Spitting

Slasher wrote:
If you spit in public you could be transmitting the virus, so stop it!


And any other breath/saliva borne pathogen, TB is a good example, you are harbouring. I mentioned the disgusting habits in this context of professional footballers in an earlier post, it is just not acceptable.
by Barks
8 Apr 2020, 9:23am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 269
Views: 12705

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: 92
Views: 2614

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: 1907

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

Click to write Choice 2

Click to write Choice 3

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: 92
Views: 2614

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: 58
Views: 2690

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.