Search found 113 matches

by gazza_d
5 Jan 2020, 11:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legality of using phone while cycling
Replies: 30
Views: 972

Re: Legality of using phone while cycling

It is legal to use a phone whilst cycling in UK.
I rarely do as I'm worried about dropping it, and would probably sound like a cross between a steam loco and a sex pest
by gazza_d
5 Jan 2020, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck seat posts, industrial service?
Replies: 27
Views: 898

Re: Stuck seat posts, industrial service?

I can vouch for the services of John The Seatpost Man. I manage to get a post stuck in a Moulton frameset and nothing would budge it. I ended up sending it to him and he removed it quickly. Must be witchcraft The biggest hassle was finding a courier who would touch a boxed cycle frame. A lot won't, ...
by gazza_d
1 Jan 2020, 8:41am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 64
Views: 2787

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

Going back to the original proposal... Why not just do away with VED all together and add it onto the cost of fuel? This would do a number of things; 1. Unless you are stealing the fuel nobody would avoid paying it. Even plenty of criminals pay to put fuel in a car they are driving. Fair point. 2. ...
by gazza_d
1 Jan 2020, 8:28am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 64
Views: 2787

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

Basically, it isn't up to garages to enforce the law. Same duty as shops have to not to sell fags, booze, knives, solvents to underage people. It's no different. Shops can bar and do individuals who are known/suspected to be prolific criminals. Using ANPR to make a decision not to sell fuel to some...
by gazza_d
22 Dec 2019, 2:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lezyne Mini GPS Navigation
Replies: 44
Views: 1066

Re: Lezyne Mini GPS Navigation

The navigation on my Lezyne Macro GPS actually works well for point to point.
I've not tried loading in a circular route though.
It uses either the phone app or the website to plan and calculate the route, then pushes the directions as needed to the computer which works well.
by gazza_d
22 Dec 2019, 11:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 776
Views: 20842

Re: Why wear black?

The other dangerous 'addition' to vehicle IMHO is the huge A pillars on modern cars (to protect occupants in the unlikely event of car turning over?) which obstruct the drivers view of traffic at junctions/roundabouts. Black/white/flouro makes no difference if the driver isn't looking or has his vi...
by gazza_d
22 Dec 2019, 8:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why wear black?
Replies: 776
Views: 20842

Re: Why wear black?

A little late to this party but... I have a view that whilst there are a lot of distracted and careless drivers out there for whom nothing can really work other than luck as they are just not reading the road ahead properly, there are a good number who for whatever reason seem to have an irrational ...
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: 410
Views: 23358

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: 410
Views: 23358

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: 45
Views: 2261

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: 619

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: 64
Views: 2787

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: 105
Views: 3830

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: 105
Views: 3830

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: 24
Views: 1461

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...