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by GarethF
22 Nov 2020, 8:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...How to make my bike/trailer/seat light up like a christmas trees
Replies: 23
Views: 780

Re: ...How to make my bike/trailer/seat light up like a christmas trees

I used cheap LEDs from Planet X. I had four or five with rechargeable AAA batteries in. Two on the trailer and a spare in my pocket. Another one at home with charged batteries. Plenty bright enough for riding in traffic round town, and cheap enough to have one or two lying around ready to use whenev...
by GarethF
22 Nov 2020, 8:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bells
Replies: 114
Views: 3243

Re: Bells

Escalation according to level of ignorance.... around 40yds -tinkly sounding bar end bell - folk who acknowledge this qualify for a cheery good morning if no reaction then Lionworks bell at 20yds (most folk stand to attention at this) if still nothing then consider locking up the back wheel a couple...
by GarethF
24 Oct 2020, 10:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pop Up Cycle Lanes.
Replies: 28
Views: 1053

Re: Pop Up Cycle Lanes.

Something very similar has sprung up around Durham in the last few weeks. On a reasonably wide stretch with a 40mph limit which I would say is perfectly rideable for any level of cyclist, there is plenty of space for safe overtaking. This has now been reduced to an awkwardly narrow space for cars se...
by GarethF
14 Jul 2020, 10:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on kit for commuting and for baby bike seat
Replies: 24
Views: 636

Re: Advice on kit for commuting and for baby bike seat

We started off using a Copilot Limo to take our eldest to nursery, but not until she was about two and a half. I can't recall exactly but I know there is an age below which the neck muscles do not have sufficient strength to support the weight of the head plus a helmet. This is important- seek out r...
by GarethF
29 Apr 2020, 9:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling UK campaign - Ask your council for cycle space during lockdown
Replies: 54
Views: 2427

Re: Cycling UK campaign - Ask your council for cycle space during lockdown

I inadvertently found myself riding along a nice, relatively new 'infra' along the Great North Road in Gosforth last summer. "This is nice" I thought. A bit further on "Ooh look, there's a line of thin bollards, probably to stop cars parking in the cycle lane, and make sure nobody cut...
by GarethF
18 Apr 2020, 8:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wrong tyres? Or did I buy wrong bike type?
Replies: 26
Views: 1125

Re: Wrong tyres? Or did I buy wrong bike type?

+1 for letting some air out as others say. Let a bit more out until your happy with the feel of the ride. As long as there's still enough pressure to avoid a pinch flat(ie the rim will NOT bottom out) if you hit a hole you're fine. Only consider a change of tyres if that doesn't do it, and then look...
by GarethF
13 Apr 2020, 10:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a specification for the height of road markings?
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Is there a specification for the height of road markings?

Hi, Years of riding motorcycles all year round, mean you avoid road markings and manhole covers like the plague. The problem is there is no universal standard across the country, And any local standards or policies are probably not that well documented either? Quite. Those of us with sufficient exp...
by GarethF
13 Apr 2020, 9:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a specification for the height of road markings?
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Is there a specification for the height of road markings?

In other words the thickness of the paint on roads and especially cycle paths/lanes. Our local council, like many others I imagine, occasionally refresh the markings on the roads round here, including the dividing line along the shared use path alongside the main road (A167). I have heard that this ...
by GarethF
23 Mar 2020, 10:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling as an activity during the Covid 19 outbreak
Replies: 1057
Views: 34505

Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

So if I elect to cycle to my workplace (and back again) is this in the spirit of the announcement? And does it count as a)travel to my necessary work or b)a single trip away from my home for exercise or c)some combination of a and b? I should add that when I arrive at work I will be attending to den...
by GarethF
26 Feb 2020, 3:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?
Replies: 39
Views: 2068

Re: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?

Is there any significance to the point of failure? In this case right in the middle. If it's any indication it's the stock wheel which came with my mid 2000s Marin, probably £500 new at the time. It has a WTB rim on a Shimano hub of some sort (I suspect Deore or lower). Difficult to tell about corro...
by GarethF
26 Feb 2020, 12:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?
Replies: 39
Views: 2068

Re: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?

I appreciate the responses, and quite agree. I've always been intimidated by the idea of working on wheels, largely I suppose out of ignorance than anything specific. It perhaps seems something of a black art compared with bolted on components, and getting the spoke length correct has a whiff of alc...
by GarethF
24 Feb 2020, 4:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?
Replies: 39
Views: 2068

When did it get so difficult to buy a 26" rim brake wheel?

Nobody has one in stock locally. My old wheel has a broken spoke, for what the nearest LBS would charge to replace it I'd be a good way towards a whole new wheel. Judging by the selection available online I'm inclined to get a decent wheel built up, maybe from Spa. Any other recommendations?
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by GarethF
29 Jan 2020, 10:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 6843

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

A road traffic accident might not be a deliberate act of violence. BUT, and I suspect this may be what others are driving at, it is quite obvious that without the utmost care and attention, and modification of behaviour to suit the conditions, any motor vehicle is capable of doing potentially lethal...
by GarethF
3 Sep 2018, 11:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sweaty smelly hat
Replies: 19
Views: 1000

Re: sweaty smelly hat

I'm fairly sure the straps are the worst culprit with mine. I periodically take the whole thing in the shower with me as Vorpal suggested, the difficulty is getting it to dry quickly enough, so currently mine has the dreaded 'wet mop' smell which plagues folk who don't air their laundry properly. Th...
by GarethF
9 Aug 2018, 5:46pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: "Denialism" and cycle helmets
Replies: 165
Views: 7371

Re: "Denialism" and cycle helmets

This may be slightly off topic, but I'm going to add my thoughts anyway.... Recently I've seen a number of entries on social media, you'll probably seen a bunch of them yourselves. They all follow a similar format, essentially describing an upsetting or tragic/near tragic episode where a youngster h...