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by Barks
24 May 2019, 7:38am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought
Replies: 33
Views: 1361

Re: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought

I see these type of threads quite often and I have a question - why are ‘Road Bikes’ always referred to? I would have thought that a basic hybrid would be the ideal starting bike, reasonably comfortable, able to handle a wide variety of surfaces, a wide range of gearing and used for shopping commuti...
by Barks
23 May 2019, 8:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - pulling along folded = spokes click on gear chain
Replies: 5
Views: 303

Re: Brompton - pulling along folded = spokes click on gear chain

I have the same problem and I have a rack with easy-wheels. It seems to happen as the bike leans slightly to one side due to variations on the surface and the tyre just touches the surface and moves round catching the gear chain on the spoke. It took me quite a few weeks to identify just what the cl...
by Barks
9 May 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Finally... Beckham gets banned
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Finally... Beckham gets banned

After numerous close calls on previous motoring offences David Beckham finally gets nailed for using a mobile phone at the wheel. As 6 points already on his licence sux moth ban and fines. I wonder if he might consider changing his behaviour once back on the road? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-engla...
by Barks
6 Apr 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hengitsbury Head Land Train
Replies: 10
Views: 1021

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: 1694

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: 2908

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: 3442

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: 2966

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: 5348

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: 3008

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: 5348

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: 5348

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: 5348

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: 5348

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: 3665

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.