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by aesmith
12 Oct 2009, 4:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling bans on All Purpose Roads
Replies: 22
Views: 2227

Re: Cycling bans on All Purpose Roads

[color=#FFBF00] More recently at the Balmedie Dualling PLInquiry the chief engineer of Transport Scotland offered 12 miles on a soft sandy beach as an alternative route to the dualled main road I don't know which exact 12 miles that would have been, but there are quite a few burns to wade through i...
by aesmith
8 Oct 2009, 5:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elimination of Diagram 966 signs - and their abuse
Replies: 57
Views: 4265

Re: Elimination of Diagram 966 signs - and their abuse

The problem seems to be that HAs can use "Cyclist Dismount " ad lib (ad nauseam ?) but require special permission (twenty forms in pentuplicate) to use "cyclists rejoin carriageway" so the default option is predictable. :cry: ISTRC that the consultation was merely about the appe...
by aesmith
14 Aug 2009, 1:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lights for unlit cycle track
Replies: 32
Views: 1165

Re: Lights for unlit cycle track

A Cateye 530 does it for me. That's on rural roads and tracks, where there's no real light from elsewhere.

Tony S
by aesmith
30 May 2009, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drops: can you get all 4 fingers under your flats?
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Drops: can you get all 4 fingers under your flats?

I have to think about that. Normally I don't grip the bars at all, just rest on them. The heel of my hand is on the outside of the bend on the tops, some fingers hang loosely to the outside of the bar, and my thumb to the inside more-or-less parallel to the bar - thumb and fingers are just at rest, ...
by aesmith
30 May 2009, 9:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Restore the Balance
Replies: 16
Views: 1370

Re: Restore the Balance

Happy to put my name to that.
by aesmith
29 May 2009, 8:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Aberdeen Berryden Corridor consultation
Replies: 1
Views: 345

Aberdeen Berryden Corridor consultation

Proposals for a bit more urban dual carriageway near the city centre. I don't cycle round there myself so can't really comment.

http://www.aberdeencycleforum.org.uk/?p ... .php&sid=e
by aesmith
29 May 2009, 8:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: HELMET SURVEY & COMMENTS REQUEST
Replies: 30
Views: 1254

Re: HELMET SURVEY & COMMENTS REQUEST

1. Do you wear a helmet and why? - Only at events why it was compulsory, so three times in total and using a borrowed helmet each time (one practice session and two mountain bike races) 2. Do you wear reflective clothing and why? - At night, usually. No special attention paid during the day, my wate...
by aesmith
29 May 2009, 7:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CTC and Helmet research
Replies: 178
Views: 11178

Re: CTC and Helmet research

Yet I still wear a helmet. Mainly because my wife, who doesn't cycle at all, thinks that I should. That's the crux of the compulsion worry - if it comes about it will be because a bunch of people who don't cycle themselves have decided that they know better than us. Same as the Highway Code consult...
by aesmith
17 Apr 2009, 7:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you wear a helmet?
Replies: 240
Views: 12512

Re: Do you wear a helmet?

cycling has a very important role to play both in terms of transport chaos and CO2 emissions. but to realise it's true potential, there needs to be more people on bikes, for more journeys. it's a safe, normal & everyday activity that all but the seriously unfit can do. to go around with lycra t...
by aesmith
14 Apr 2009, 3:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you wear a helmet?
Replies: 240
Views: 12512

Re: Do you wear a helmet?

I seem to remember when I took my driving test that the examiners did not wear seat belts, as a matter of policy. There was something in the notes when I booked the test. (Of course that was before seat belts became compulsory).
by aesmith
12 Apr 2009, 8:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike lights in the daytime
Replies: 62
Views: 2325

Re: Bike lights in the daytime

Anyone not having decent lights on the front of their bicycle have in your opinion only themselves to blame should they become an accident statistic. That's the aspect that concerns me. We're changing bicycles from an ordinary every-day thing that people can use on an impulse, into some sort of exp...
by aesmith
10 Apr 2009, 12:52pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Climate change
Replies: 262
Views: 11874

Re: Climate change

Its all too late...Weve all wasted the great possibility of having a utopian world because of mankinds greed and selfishness. What's a bit sad was that there was a lot of work on energy conservation in the early to mid '80s. Then the bottom fell out of the energy saving market and everyone lost int...
by aesmith
10 Apr 2009, 12:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Folding tyres
Replies: 24
Views: 2223

Re: Folding tyres

I had a properly-inflated folding tyre come off while I was riding once. That was in the days before hooked rims and I've never seen anything to indicate that current folders are anything but 100% secure. The only problem I found was with a large off-road tyre where it was difficult to keep everythi...
by aesmith
9 Apr 2009, 7:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake cable upgrade
Replies: 12
Views: 508

Re: Brake cable upgrade

I found the Transfil stuff perfectly good, branded "K.ble" on the packaging. Currently £2.45 for two metres of outer, and the inners are £1.71 each. Prices from Wiggle, for Shimano compatible.