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by flat tyre
11 Oct 2019, 8:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: One solution to tailgating?
Replies: 105
Views: 41195

Re: One solution to tailgating?

Yes, I discussed that once with a former police driving instructor when renewing my minibus permit. Not too long before, I'd had the frightening experience of driving a bus full of Scouts, with a lorry tail-gating me. I was in the inside lane, with nowhere to go. We agreed that the only available r...
by flat tyre
4 Oct 2019, 4:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Punishment Stops
Replies: 34
Views: 1491

Re: Punishment Stops

I've had similar experiences, but in my cases I'm not sure whether the driver had any malicious intent or was just careless. What usually happens is car goes past at speed then slams on brakes as the left or right turn they were trying to make is blocked by on coming traffic etc. leaving me very lit...
by flat tyre
2 Oct 2019, 8:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Starting campaign to improve cycle path in SE England
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: Starting campaign to improve cycle path in SE England

Try your local town councillor. If they had agreed the climate emergency then they should be looking at initiatives such as this.
by flat tyre
29 Sep 2019, 6:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Priority at crossroads
Replies: 17
Views: 758

Priority at crossroads

There's a junction at a cross roads that I have to negotiate frequently. There is a stop sign for traffic in my direction and the same on the opposite site. My question is if there is a car on the opposite side of the crossroads waiting to turn right and I want to go straight on, who has priority? D...
by flat tyre
26 Sep 2019, 11:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pothole crash death - a Total And Utter Disgrace
Replies: 24
Views: 1441

Re: Pothole crash death - a Total And Utter Disgrace

We seem to have been brainwashed into accepting that there's no money available for decent road maintenance, also no money available for schools, NHS, justice system, police and indeed every other part of the national infrastructure.
by flat tyre
25 Aug 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 126
Views: 5223

Re: Bells on bikes

If I'm going fast on my road bike then I find that the noise from my tyres alone is quite enough to send pedestrians scampering off the track.
by flat tyre
22 Aug 2019, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What3words
Replies: 183
Views: 6599

Re: What3words

Unless I've misunderstood, I can't see what this app does that is not already available via good old-fashioned latitude and longitude. If you have a smart phone and, for example google maps then it gives you your position using conventional coordinates. Of course someone would stand to make a lot of...
by flat tyre
18 Aug 2019, 8:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New verb
Replies: 30
Views: 1395

Re: New verb

Surely its segue?
by flat tyre
7 Aug 2019, 12:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: slowing down on the bike
Replies: 34
Views: 2656

Re: slowing down on the bike

Certainly my experience is that since having retired 4 years ago at 61, I've got a lot fitter and faster. Cycling mileage has gone up 3x to about 7,500 miles per year and I've lost 2 stone. I think the weight loss has helped cycling performance as I'm much faster up hill than I used to be.
by flat tyre
5 Aug 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long term touring advice
Replies: 30
Views: 1849

Re: Long term touring advice

Re bike maintenance skills. You only need skills that will enable you to use the tools and spare parts you intend to carry. Eg not much point knowing how to rejoin a snapped chain if you don't carry spare chain links and a chain tool. If you are decide that the risk of the chain breaking is very sma...
by flat tyre
3 Aug 2019, 9:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.
Replies: 166
Views: 13185

Re: Red means STOP! or How I began to hate cyclists.

Oh whoops, I jumped a red light today. There are roadworks on the main road leading out of my town, with 3 way temporary traffic lights. Lights on red in my direction, which is in a slight uphill stretch so I pass a line of cars waiting on my side to get to the front. Then realise that if I wait til...
by flat tyre
3 Aug 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Does segregation help the experienced cyclist?
Replies: 89
Views: 5480

Re: Does segregation help the experienced cyclist?

Whilst I accept and endorse the danish approach we are campaigning for ...... Who's "we"? Don't count me in with "we". I'd like to curb the traffic and educate the drivers. That's all that's needed. Make anyone who want's to learn to drive, get cycling experience and pass a thor...
by flat tyre
1 Aug 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Does segregation help the experienced cyclist?
Replies: 89
Views: 5480

Re: Does segregation help the experienced cyclist?

All of these problems will get worse as conventional bicycles are lumped together with e scooters, electric bikes and other "sustainable" transport and forced, either by coercion or legislation to use the dedicated "facilities".
by flat tyre
30 Jul 2019, 2:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Utility Cycling
Replies: 22
Views: 3642

Re: Utility Cycling

Sounds very similar to the town I live in. We have formed a cycling and walking group to work with the Town Development committee to help encourage cycling by improving existing routes, planning new routes, improved cycle parking etc. It's a slow process though!
by flat tyre
25 Jul 2019, 11:31pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister
Replies: 7
Views: 2895

Re: Grant Shapps, Transport Minister

Well I just read his Wikipedia entry and to me it seems that Grant Shapps is in the government to look after Grant Shapps.