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by paddler
4 Apr 2019, 9:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?
Replies: 86
Views: 3436

Re: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?

We quickly worked out that, if we followed the rules to the letter we would have to have four way traffic lights at one of our cabinets next to a roundabout... ...and that has a cost, both financial and in terms of effort, and most organisations and individuals would rather not expend either commod...
by paddler
4 Apr 2019, 4:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?
Replies: 86
Views: 3436

Re: Builders/lorries: are they allowed to park on cycle lanes?

You've never worked out of a van on site have you? Yes, including in London and Manchester, but relatively rarely and not recently. Have you and, if so, did you feel parking illegally and dangerously was a safe working practice? Running my own business(joinery and construction) I worked out of LWB ...
by paddler
1 Apr 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2683

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

[My colleauge's teammate was recently in a crash caused by a carbon frame from 2004. See attached photo. The (very experienced) rider noticed the gears weren't right, glanced down at the mechs, saw that the cable stop had come off, next thing he knew he was on the ground with a broken collarbone (a...
by paddler
31 Mar 2019, 9:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2683

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

Veering slightly away, I've just been having another browse. I already guessed that carbon fibre dust (as in manufacture or sanding repairs) would be hazardous, but I found a report (admittedly from 2000) that said in a breakage situation small fibres are released that could be inhaled. They actual...
by paddler
31 Mar 2019, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2683

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

I assume you mean a lot of sunlight? Or do other factors such as cold affect it as much? the main problem with forks that I have seen is failure of bonded joints. This is accelerated greatly by exposure to road salt in the winter and by any exposure to wet weather. Thermal cycling doesn't help eith...
by paddler
31 Mar 2019, 2:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2683

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

there are all kinds of interesting challenges for long-term use of aircraft with CF fuselages. One of them is corrosion; there are plenty of metal to composite joints which could corrode in the long term. At least one airliner with an aluminium fuselage has failed in flight (explosive decompression...
by paddler
31 Mar 2019, 12:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2683

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

Paddler Regarding being careful,yes I'm quite careful with my bikes but accidents do happen and as the OP is asking about second hand CF frames my post was based on that. Alu to CF bonding can be OK until the Uk weather gets at it,Ive seen three forks now with alu steerer/fork crowns which the fork...
by paddler
31 Mar 2019, 11:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2683

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

Veering slightly away, I've just been having another browse. I already guessed that carbon fibre dust (as in manufacture or sanding repairs) would be hazardous, but I found a report (admittedly from 2000) that said in a breakage situation small fibres are released that could be inhaled. They actuall...
by paddler
31 Mar 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)
Replies: 35
Views: 2683

Re: Risks of buying old carbon frames (10-15+ years)

If carbon is such a poor material in terms of longevity then I pity the passengers on Boeing 787 dreamliners thier working life must be 20 - 30years. So long as the resin is protected from UV rays I cannot see it being an issue. The repetitive fatigue resistance is as good as steel or alu. Cheers J...
by paddler
28 Mar 2019, 8:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1820

Re: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please

charliepolecat wrote:
Getting it to the river is the problem......


Put it on the top of the car and drive it there, problem solved. :P


You've got it! :D
by paddler
27 Mar 2019, 7:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1820

Re: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please

Oh :wink: no, the tragedy of drive-cycling again, lots of motoring and a questionable timetable 2:2:2 hours, exhausting, Minus One For good reasons there are restrictions on hours of work, one should apply them to leisure too Even the RN has 4:4 shifts but I would not fancy that either (50/50), you...
by paddler
27 Mar 2019, 7:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1820

Re: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please

Oh no, the tragedy of drive-cycling again, lots of motoring and a questionable timetable 2:2:2 hours, exhausting, Minus One For good reasons there are restrictions on hours of work, one should apply them to leisure too Even the RN has 4:4 shifts but I would not fancy that either (50/50), you are pl...
by paddler
27 Mar 2019, 7:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 1820

Re: Charity ride Penzance to Papworth - route advice please

Some friends are planning a charity relay ride from Penzance to Papworth Hospital (near Cambridge) in early May, and I'm planning a route for them. We'd be grateful if anyone local to various areas can check my route and/or offer alternatives. The current route is here https://ridewithgps.com/route...
by paddler
25 Mar 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: My Lidl helmet - and fall
Replies: 62
Views: 2511

Re: My Lidl helmet - and fall

it probably did help you avoid an injury. But that won't stop folk from speculating that it a) didn't b) that the presence of the helmet on your head somehow caused you to fall c) that the presence of the helmet on your head somehow caused the kerb to be there, or be more pointy than normal d) that...
by paddler
22 Mar 2019, 8:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons
Replies: 386
Views: 29180

Re: Cycle friendly Wetherspoons

Old Speckled Hen at £2.15 a pint. I had two, plus a packet of salted peanuts. I was out on a ride to Plymouth. 26miles on quiet but hilly roads, then some of Route 27, and then city streets. Took the train home after "lunch". 14:54 from Plymouth to Gunnislake. Ride Today.jpg Nice bike rid...