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by gazza_d
3 Dec 2019, 10:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 409
Views: 22465

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

"Car parks cost nothing to maintain" is the biggest pile of poo going. Firstly people now expect things like CCTV for their car parks when vehicle is hit or broken into. Secondly car parks do wear out with amount of traffic They need treating when it's icy and cleaning when mucky. They nee...
by gazza_d
3 Dec 2019, 7:08am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.
Replies: 409
Views: 22465

Re: £220 per year to park you car at work, the joys of the NHS.

Free parking is not a right anywhere. It is a privilege to those who drive and have cars which where I live is about 50%. Free parking in NHS would be a nightmare as car parks would be overrun. They are now with paid parking. Car parks would still need managing and maintaining. That would take money...
by gazza_d
1 Dec 2019, 7:54am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Labour's plan for cycling
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Labour's plan for cycling

This was announced last last night. By far the best proposals any party has published during this election
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZYi-suU32B6nSV2eAj-EjFX8--V-CcOTuVStFsLEwc/edit
by gazza_d
30 Nov 2019, 11:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: new to cycling to work help please
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: new to cycling to work help please

Three wins for any practical commuter bike are: 1. full length mudguards. It's the UK. even when it doesn't rain most of the time the road and paths are damp and mucky. The guards will keep you and the bike dryer and cleaner 2. a rack and some luggage. Whatever you carry be it a small toolkit , thou...
by gazza_d
24 Nov 2019, 8:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 1240

Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles

One of the things I occasionally suggest as a potential quick win is to use ANPR which is installed at most garages to check vehicles on arrival and only dispense fuel to legal vehicles. Thinking being that if we make the fuel much harder to come by then it will force some off the road Naturally it ...
by gazza_d
18 Nov 2019, 8:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??
Replies: 103
Views: 2964

Re: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??

[ Try riding a horse on it. As a main road, that route is gritted in the winter. Here’s a question back at you... Why are so many road cyclists so determined that other, off-road routes should be suitable for road bikes? They could and should create a soft section alongside for horses. Most old lin...
by gazza_d
17 Nov 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??
Replies: 103
Views: 2964

Re: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??

This is the link to the NP work https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/caringfor/localcommunities/northern-lake-district-area/keswick-to-threlkeld-railway-trail I simply don't get the objections to tarmac. No one ever objects to roads using it. When the main road nr Grasmere was washed away and rebuilt I d...
by gazza_d
17 Nov 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ride to work scheme - Just Scrap it
Replies: 23
Views: 1107

Re: Ride to work scheme - Just Scrap it

The cycle 2 work scheme is flawed, mainly as it's not open to all, just those working for a company interested enough to have such a scheme A better solution would be a national Govt backed scheme where anyone could get a 12 or 24 month interest free loan to buy a cycle with a Govt contribution. Wit...
by gazza_d
17 Nov 2019, 8:13am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??
Replies: 103
Views: 2964

Re: Any experiences of Nu-flex as a cyclepath surface ??

This seems to have strayed a little The original question was about Nu-flex as a surface and how suitable it is. The national park authority want to tarmac rebuilt path as they rebuild bridges and unless the "friends" get their way it will be tarmac. Locals are opposing tarmac cos, well, t...
by gazza_d
17 Nov 2019, 7:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM dd3 24 left hand gripshift.
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: SRAM dd3 24 left hand gripshift.

If I remember correctly, the Dualdrive hub can be used with a normal Shimano left hand 3x shifter.
I used mine with some SRAM Centera twist shifters when my original ones wore out and worked fine.
by gazza_d
16 Nov 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: LIdl lamps in dynamo form (either lidl or branded something else)?
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: LIdl lamps in dynamo form (either lidl or branded something else)?

Balls. No this was https://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tests/verlichting/index_en.html

May be some newer lights not covered in there. That Decathlon light is to be seen by, not really for dark unlit trails or roads.
by gazza_d
16 Nov 2019, 7:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: LIdl lamps in dynamo form (either lidl or branded something else)?
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: LIdl lamps in dynamo form (either lidl or branded something else)?

There's lots of dyno options. Like the Lidl lights almost all dyno lights are designed to german lighting standards This is probably one of the most comprehensive guide to dynamo lights I've found. https://www.decathlon.co.uk/led-front-dynamo-light-id_8336647.html If you're UK based, then chances ar...
by gazza_d
9 Nov 2019, 7:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's your average speed?
Replies: 76
Views: 2527

Re: What's your average speed?

Like everyone else my average speed varies by day, ride, what's in the bag, weather. yesterday I did 2 runs to car dealers as car was in for a service. 4.3 miles and basically pancake flat. Ride home was into a 15mph NE wind and was 11.8mph Ride back to garage along same route was 12.4mph for rides ...
by gazza_d
8 Nov 2019, 6:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on 20" (406mm) tyres
Replies: 15
Views: 513

Re: Advice on 20" (406mm) tyres

There is a knack to putting the tyres on. Press the beads together and make sure they're in the deepest part of the rim Use some straps or cable ties if necessary to keep them there. The tyres should go on with little difficulty then. I have M+ on 20" and can now get them on with just fingers u...
by gazza_d
3 Nov 2019, 6:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recumbent trike, 20” tyre suggestions please
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: Recumbent trike, 20” tyre suggestions please

Marathon Plus 35mm are the dogs when it comes to puncture resistance, but are slightly heavy and some find them a little inflexible. They last forever though as well. Schwalbe also make Kojaks in same width which are a lot lighter but don;t last anywhere as long, or Durano which is 28mm. There's als...