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by hamish
4 Mar 2018, 9:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Death by Dangerous Cycling" new offence?
Replies: 140
Views: 6742

Re: "Death by Dangerous Cycling" new offence?

My dissapointment with this is that the legislators are prioritising committing effort and time into creating a new law where the risk the law is seeking to control is relatively small. There must be bigger risks or problems out there that require legislation? Furthermore, if the government wanted t...
by hamish
12 Feb 2018, 12:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Employee insurance for business journeys
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Employee insurance for business journeys

Just to be clear, are you seeking to generally promote cycling, or are you focusing on business use for cycles, at least in part? In terms of insurance... It relates specifically to business use - cycling instead of taking a car to meetings and field visits. Commuting by bike, which we are also try...
by hamish
11 Feb 2018, 10:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Employee insurance for business journeys
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Employee insurance for business journeys

Why not push back against your insurance team. Not hard to get cover, nor expensive - and it is, well, their job, isn't it! I will try.... Does your organisation provide insurance for drivers on their way to meetings or does each employee arrange their own? Well it does it they use pool cars and we...
by hamish
11 Feb 2018, 9:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Employee insurance for business journeys
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Employee insurance for business journeys

Thanks Gaz

All I want to do is encourage people to cycle to meetings instead of driving.... I will phone the "CTC" tomorrow to ask....
by hamish
11 Feb 2018, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Vs Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes
Replies: 34
Views: 1187

Re: TRP Spyre Vs Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes

I have both... They are on very different bikes and both are used in rough conditions. Both have worked well and the Spyres have coped with three years of winter commuting along a sandy seafront and then a canal tow path in one of the wettest cities in the UK. If I was building a new bike I would go...
by hamish
11 Feb 2018, 8:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Employee insurance for business journeys
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Employee insurance for business journeys

I work for a relatively new large public sector organisation. I have been working on our cycling policies (on a voluntary basis - it's not my 'day job') and I have just been told that our cooperate public liability insurance does not cover cycling..... This makes promoting cycling as a means of tran...
by hamish
2 Feb 2018, 11:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: camping pet hates
Replies: 93
Views: 5666

Re: camping pet hates

Ticks..... On a lovely campsite with nicely grazed grass to sit on.... But ticks everywhere.
by hamish
6 Dec 2017, 9:54pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.
Replies: 33
Views: 2314

Re: Best Lightweight sleeping bag/ good quality.

Going by my own personal experience rather than the say so of others, I think Alpkit was one of the poorest sleeping bags I have used. Not very well made and lots of cold spots. I have an older alpkit pipedream. My daughter has a sky high. For the cash they are excellent. The pipedream bag fabric i...
by hamish
26 Nov 2017, 5:36pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: R values of mats
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: R values of mats

I have a Thermorest Neo Air All Season SV and both the weight (650g) and r value (4.9) seem pretty good to me.... It's certainly warmer than anything I have had before. I bought it to replace an Expedition Synmat UL that delaminated. The Exped was no warmer but slightly comfier due to vertical baffl...
by hamish
5 Nov 2017, 4:18pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)
Replies: 48
Views: 1659

Re: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)

What a design like the Nallo illustrates well is that the devil is typically in the detail. In order that it's easy to put up and take down, part of the design is the rather fancy pole-foot holder/tensioner where most tents just have a much simpler eyelet. And the eyelet approach is fine most of th...
by hamish
5 Nov 2017, 3:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Useless positioning of disc brakes on frames and what to do about it?
Replies: 30
Views: 1332

Re: Useless positioning of disc brakes on frames and what to do about it?

I have a Tour de Fer with Spyres. It is about three years old I think. I bought it as a commuter and general purpose bike. It does a good job at that so gets used in all kinds of weather.... And because I commute along Swansea sea front every day, it gets covered in sand both wind blown and as a 'sa...
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 7:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)
Replies: 48
Views: 1659

Re: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)

hamish wrote: I have/have had all kinds of tents... Including Vaude, Wild Country, Lightwave, MSR, etc But I have to confess that my Hilleberg Nallo2 GT is particularly good. I bought it second hand and it's an older (less vented) model. I paid £250ish which I recon is a bargain. It's a simple desi...
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 7:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR v Allen key skewers
Replies: 39
Views: 1599

Re: QR v Allen key skewers

Thanks. Makes sense to me.

By the way... Do the axles actually compress with the clamping load, or do they bend/bow?
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 6:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)
Replies: 48
Views: 1659

Re: tent types (1 skin,2 skin, 3 skin...)

I have/have had all kinds of tents... Including Vaude, Wild Country, Lightwave, MSR, etc But I have to confess that my Hilleberg Nallo2 GT is particularly good. I bought it second hand and it's an older (less vented) model. I paid £250ish which I recon is a bargain. It's a simple design and there is...
by hamish
4 Nov 2017, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR v Allen key skewers
Replies: 39
Views: 1599

QR v Allen key skewers

I like using the Allen key skewers on some of my bikes instead of quick release. I tighten them by feel so that that they feel tight enough. But that is pretty subjective I know.... But I tend to do that with most bolts not owning a torque wrench. My question is.... Which exerts more force, a QR don...