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by Si
16 Feb 2020, 10:00am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Pay
Replies: 24
Views: 796

Re: Pay

Another thing to consider is the ir35 stuff. When I did bikeability in schools I was self employed but the gov's new ir35 tool thinks I'm actually employed for pay/tax purposes.
by Si
14 Feb 2020, 11:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham to London via the canals.
Replies: 17
Views: 1959

Re: Birmingham to London via the canals.

The Grand Union Canal down in the Small Heath area.

Not heard anything lately but they have a spate of attacks every now and then. I once had a bloke jump out in front of me waving a stick...then he noticed there were 15 more cyclists behind me and beat a hasty retreat!
by Si
14 Feb 2020, 9:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Minister
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Cycling Minister

To be fair, the minister for cycling doesn't have to be a regular cyclist....like the minister for health doesn't have to be a doctor or the minister for war (whatever their real title is) doesn't have to be an active soldier, etc. What they do need to be is very capable and determined to do the job...
by Si
14 Feb 2020, 9:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Birmingham to London via the canals.
Replies: 17
Views: 1959

Re: Birmingham to London via the canals.

Personally, from central Birmingham, I'd actually start by cycling south along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to Kings Norton. Then turn east along the Stratford Canal, which is prettier and has a tolerable towpath (assuming you're not on a skinny-tyred road bike), Yes, this also misses out o...
by Si
14 Feb 2020, 9:30am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Pay
Replies: 24
Views: 796

Re: Pay

This is another problem that I think bikeability may be bringing on themselves - don't know about other areas but where I am there is a reliance on volunteers to teach adults as part of community cycle clubs and similar. Now that we have the new standard with the requirement for extra training, regi...
by Si
8 Feb 2020, 4:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2515

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

My personal experience.....YMMV..... I've Vs, calipers, cable discs and hydros, all of reasonable quality, and guess what.....they all work :D If it's going to be wet, and indeed, wet and muddy off road, I prefer discs, otherwise they are pretty similar when set up right. Hydros, I find, are more of...
by Si
8 Feb 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Pay
Replies: 24
Views: 796

Re: Pay

Iirc, freelancers that I worked with at sustrans were on £10 ph, I think bikeright were somewhere around £15,. BC were £15 , and Birmingham council, then BBB when they took over were about £19ph.....although the lead is expected to do extra stuff beyond the paid session. Considering the responsibili...
by Si
30 Jan 2020, 7:52pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: My new Tern Node 16 24" folder
Replies: 9
Views: 5860

Re: My new Tern Node 16 24" folder

Thanks for that! Yes, I was thinking of retro fitting a double at the front if I got one. Good to know you've had no trouble on trains....my airnimal was ok on them too but it was more of a pain to fold as you have to take the front wheel off.
by Si
27 Jan 2020, 7:11pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: My new Tern Node 16 24" folder
Replies: 9
Views: 5860

Re: My new Tern Node 16 24" folder

******thread resurrection alert******** Thinking of swapping my link for a node d8. Would be interested in hearing how you've got on with yours since your initial post, Horizon, and from anyone else who has used them. Reason for swap.....just finding the link too slow when doing any distance. Used t...
by Si
25 Jan 2020, 12:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 7688

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I've skipped most of this thread as don't have time to read 11 pages at the mo...forgive me if I repeat what others have said. I've actually done what is now known as "gravel biking" in the UK for about 40 years, but I've only had a Gravel Bike for the last year and a bit. If you find a gr...
by Si
25 Jan 2020, 11:31am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Birmingham follows Bruges.
Replies: 21
Views: 1024

Re: Birmingham follows Bruges.

The proposals come in several stages. The initial one was the so-called congestion charge in the city centre. This one got all the 'hard working, law abiding, tax paying, mail reading' citizens up in arms as it was just another part of the 'war against the motorist'. In reality it was a charge on th...
by Si
25 Jan 2020, 11:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Birmingham follows Bruges.
Replies: 21
Views: 1024

Re: Birmingham follows Bruges.

Birmingham has more canals than Venice. Bruges makes a point of tourism on the canals, like Venice does. ............. just thought I'd chuck that into the mix. :D AAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Pedantic bug-bear :lol: . Birmingham does not have more canals than Venice. More miles of canal, but not more...
by Si
25 Jan 2020, 10:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way
Replies: 52
Views: 2172

Re: King Alfred's Way

Happily provide examples (and apologies if I came across as a bit defensive) Anything from this6C3B6665-740F-4583-9007-8E8DFDFE5785.jpeg Through AAF17C28-6B80-4522-B0AA-34EF1802C9BF.jpeg Bits of81F01DD4-9263-4B3E-BCFE-B1F175DFCCDB.jpeg Stretches ofDFDE4310-B846-4FDB-A3A5-5D372704799B.jpeg And some3...
by Si
16 Jan 2020, 6:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: about Father Brown's time travelling bicycles
Replies: 45
Views: 1606

Re: about Father Brown's time travelling bicycles

They must be reading this thread....there was a bike with rod brakes on FB yesterday!
by Si
13 Jan 2020, 8:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: about Father Brown's time travelling bicycles
Replies: 45
Views: 1606

Re: about Father Brown's time travelling bicycles

Yeah, the plots can be pretty ropey too.

One thing i'd say in father Brown's favour (and for that matter, the Call the Midwifes I've seen) is that the actors look comfortable on the bikes, unlike some shows where characters who are meant to be regular cyclists wobble all over the place.