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by xpc316e
5 Jun 2013, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tandem advice
Replies: 19
Views: 1885

Re: Tandem advice

May I ask how old your potential stoker is, or what her height is? I bought a unique Moulton-based tandem through an advert on the Tandem club's website and it easily accommodates both my wife and young son. I have fitted crank shorteners for him, but many small wheeled tandems could meet your needs...
by xpc316e
30 Apr 2013, 2:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge
Replies: 14
Views: 797

Re: Cambridge

As a frequent visitor to Cambridge may I say that the car drivers are nowhere near as bad as some of the cyclists, who regularly jump red lights, ignore pedestrian crossings of all kinds, and go the wrong way along one-way streets. If Cambridge is the future of cities, then I for one do not want to ...
by xpc316e
8 Apr 2013, 12:39pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Polaris Aqua 30 Backpack
Replies: 0
Views: 1527

Polaris Aqua 30 Backpack

After five years of excellent service I have just retired my North Face backpack. For a couple of months prior to its demise I had been scouting for a replacement. One niggle with the old bag was the fact that it basically did no more than filter rainwater, so that the contents got soaked very swift...
by xpc316e
8 Apr 2013, 11:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hate crime extension
Replies: 76
Views: 5896

Re: Hate crime extension

When I became a constable, many years ago, I pledged to uphold the law without fear, or favour. It is of course wrong that people cannot go about their lawful business without being assaulted and terrorised, but it is equally wrong for GMP to treat any one group of victims differently to another. Wh...
by xpc316e
3 Apr 2013, 5:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Govt to limit power of cycle lights ?
Replies: 59
Views: 13718

Re: Govt to limit power of cycle lights ?

The whole issue is academic as the Police will not have either the manpower, or will to enforce any possible law changes. Given that as far as I can see nobody gets pulled up for riding without lights, how many will be reported for an offence that requires a laboratory full of optical instruments an...
by xpc316e
17 Mar 2013, 6:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What happened to the police service in this country
Replies: 29
Views: 1511

Re: What happened to the police service in this country

I think you'll find that the Police in London are overwhelmed by cycle theft because when they get a good bit of top quality info like this, they fail to act on it. The culprit is most likely a prolific thief and an arrest could well lead to a serious reduction in cycle crime in the locality. I woul...
by xpc316e
8 Mar 2013, 1:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hub straps
Replies: 33
Views: 6500

Re: Hub straps

Dunno about Campag etc, my stuff's all Shimano. The cranks quickly get to look scruffy because I can't get pedals wide enough, so my shoes rub all the paint off. That's just aesthetics though, the real bind is keep replacing toe straps where they pinch between shoe and crank. They only last a few m...
by xpc316e
1 Mar 2013, 8:14pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Engineer?
Replies: 7
Views: 104515

Engineer?

We sometimes go into a school if it is in a deprived area prior to the Bikeability training to run a bike fixing day. If we do not do this kind of thing then half the children who turn up cannot do the course because their bikes are unroadworthy. This week we pitched up at a school and a father told...
by xpc316e
26 Feb 2013, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Different brake levers for Brompton
Replies: 14
Views: 3220

Re: Different brake levers for Brompton

We have an older Brompton at work and the front brake lever broke. I took it home and tried to fit a spare Tektro lever I had in the spares box, but found that the Brompton handlebars are a non-standard diameter. Not to be beaten, I filed out the Tektro lever to make it fit, and the bike now has a b...
by xpc316e
26 Feb 2013, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Opening a Cycle shop.
Replies: 42
Views: 2355

Re: Opening a Cycle shop.

Somebody must be making money from the bicycle trade, and whilst it is fair to say that a proportion of new businesses fail, there will also be successes. I also am not sure about the comment regarding the upset lbs when someone opened up another business near to them - if Tesco got the hump every t...
by xpc316e
7 Feb 2013, 9:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advanced Stop Lines (Bike Boxes)
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Re: Advanced Stop Lines (Bike Boxes)

ASLs are not for motor vehicles, and that is what a moped is. However, it does not matter whether they are, or not, because the Police do not have either the will, or resources necessary to enforce this particular piece of law. So we have to put up with the little stinkwheels in the ASL, but what th...
by xpc316e
7 Jan 2013, 1:24pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Four recent reads
Replies: 6
Views: 14756

Re: Four recent reads

I have to agree on MS & G: it is an enjoyable and unique travelogue with just the right amount of cycling included. I have just finished reading it on my Kindle. LEJOG is something I have always wanted to do, but it makes sense to do it in a similar way to Ellie. Why take the shortest route when...
by xpc316e
7 Jan 2013, 1:03pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Recumbent visibility
Replies: 74
Views: 11038

Re: Recumbent visibility

There is another possibility that has up to now not been addressed:

The driver might well be a <phrase used in an inappropriate way removed>.
by xpc316e
7 Jan 2013, 12:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is this a new thing?
Replies: 25
Views: 1286

Re: Is this a new thing?

One thing that slightly annoys me, even though it's quite legal, is cars doing a full 180° at a roundabout (should that be "360°"?) Anyway, what I mean is circling the roundabout so as to leave by the same road they entered from. Our local taxis often do this - understandably - so that th...
by xpc316e
7 Jan 2013, 12:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Thieving scum defeated by roller brake.
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: Thieving scum defeated by roller brake.

Many of the schools in my area have significantly upgraded their bike sheds over the last couple of years. They have used grants obtained after qualifying for Healthy Schools status to pay for the improvements. It is a lot of work for staff to qualify, but if it means a few grand that can be spent o...