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by richardyorkshire
26 Aug 2011, 10:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: have searched for this but dog trailers?
Replies: 13
Views: 3917

Re: have searched for this but dog trailers?

I recently saw a family of four, all riding bicycles, and the dad was pulling a child trailer with a dog in it. I think it was an "adventure" brand trailer. The dog seemed happy enough.
by richardyorkshire
1 Nov 2010, 9:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hmm not sure thats legal oldboy!
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Re: Hmm not sure thats legal oldboy!

I reported the approved answer for advocating violence, which is surely not tolerated under Yahoo's terms and conditions.
by richardyorkshire
26 Aug 2010, 6:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More or less
Replies: 36
Views: 2590

More or less

Tim Harford has just tweeted to say that tomorrow's More or Less on Radio 4 at 1:30pm will contain a discussion about cycle helmets. More Or Less is usually worth a listen, so this could be interesting.
by richardyorkshire
10 Aug 2010, 7:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mid-life crisis?
Replies: 23
Views: 1752

Re: Mid-life crisis?

Strange that they think of starting to ride a bicycle as representing a "crisis" in your life. In what way could choosing to ride a bicycle be evidence of a personal crisis?

I think it is more likely to be evidence of a society "crisis" than an individual mid-life crisis. Perhaps people start riding bikes again because human activity is messing up the planet and people try to change their life to mitigate the harm they cause. Perhaps there is a social crisis of obesity, leading to more people looking for ways to exercise and thus reduce the layers of fat around their waist. Perhaps there is a transport crisis, with roads choked and congested by motorised transport leading to people seeking another means of travel. Perhaps there is a crisis of respiratory disease caused by traffic pollution, leading to people seeking a mode of transport that harms no-one.

Then again, perhaps people are just reminded that cycling is great fun. Perhaps the decline of cycling was just a temporary blip as more people could afford cars. But now we're getting over the novelty of the car and returning to the all round best mode of transport: the bicycle.
by richardyorkshire
3 Aug 2010, 9:37pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dawes or Ridgeback
Replies: 10
Views: 3466

Re: Dawes or Ridgeback?

Both are good bikes. Not much to pick between them I'd say. I have a Ridgeback Voyage and love it. I've done many camping trips on it fully loaded. I've also done day rides lightly loaded, shopping trips, commutes, etc. A good all round bike.
by richardyorkshire
9 Jul 2010, 8:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Children Riding to School
Replies: 95
Views: 7901

Re: Children Riding to School

When I was a child, my parents encouraged me to walk or cycle everywhere. I walked to school from a young age. I can remember my mother walking me part of the way to primary school, then letting me walk alone the rest of the way. She gradually increased the distance I walked alone, until she was happy that I could walk the whole distance. I'm not sure how old I was by the time I walked unaccompanied, but I think it was about 8 or 9. That seems to me to be sensible and responsible parenting. When we moved a bit further away from the school, my parents bought me my first road bike and I loved cycling all the way to school on the roads. At no point did they even contemplate driving me to school. That's responsible parenting.

Driving your kids to school is, in my view, irresponsible parenting. Because you are not inculcating in your children a habit of activity and exercise that will last their whole lives. Instead, you are condemning them to being overweight, increasing their risk of stroke and heart disease and damning them to a premature death.

Every day I cycle to work past a school with the road choked with cars, as kids are dropped as close to the school gates as their parents can squeeze their cars. I'm starting to think I should report all those parents to social services for killing their children (in fifty years time, prematurely, from a heart attack).
by richardyorkshire
3 Jun 2010, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling specs
Replies: 15
Views: 1420

Re: Cycling specs

benm wrote:I have found that nearly all the cycle specs (wrap around types) where prescriptions are offered do not go far enough for my abject blindness ;) I am -4.5 in one eye and something similar in the other so the curve on the inserts or the lenses themselves (in the case of Oakley frames) is too much and I wouldn't be able to see anything with the glasses on.

I've got some Optilabs cycling glasses, using the Rapide frame and photochromic lenses. My prescription is -5.0 in one eye and -5.5 in the other, so I guess I'm even more short sighted than you. But I find them very comfortable. In fact I love the complete coverage the wrap around glasses give me, as my normal spectacles are rather narrower and so have a blurred bit visible above and below the lens.
by richardyorkshire
29 May 2010, 8:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Brompton passing clearance
Replies: 14
Views: 1278

Re: Brompton passing clearance

I haven't noticed any particular difference between when I'm riding my Brompton and when riding my touring bike. I do find that bad driving seems to come in waves. I will have many rides without experiencing any problems and then get several incidents on one journey. It might be that your sample of one ride was just an unlucky choice.
by richardyorkshire
18 May 2010, 7:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Unsafe to overtake - How drivers see us
Replies: 56
Views: 4049

Re: Unsafe to overtake - How drivers see us

Taking the primary position is all you can do. You'll still get the odd person trying to overtake even when it's not practical or safe for them to do so. The benefit of being in the primary position is that it gives you plenty of room in which to take evasive action should it be needed.

I sometimes experience dangerous overtakes and careless driving. The best thing about a strong position on the road is that it puts you in the best position to react to and avoid the danger.
by richardyorkshire
17 May 2010, 10:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Icelandic Volcano
Replies: 23
Views: 1128

Re: Icelandic Volcano

I wonder if everyone involved actually believes it's perfectly safe to fly with these levels of ash. But no-one wants to be the first person who says, "yes, it's ok". They fear of the finger of blame being pointed should something go wrong.
by richardyorkshire
17 May 2010, 10:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Achy shoulders
Replies: 13
Views: 744

Re: Achy shoulders

I suspect that you are lacking in core strength, i.e. the muscular strength in your trunk, lower back, stomach and sides. The muscles there help to hold you upright.

It could be that you have a weak core, and so a lot of the load of supporting your body is being taken by your hands and shoulders. Can you ride the bike comfortably with your hands only lightly resting on the handlebars? If not, then you could benefit from some exercises to improve your core strength. Try googling for "the plank" exercise.
by richardyorkshire
9 May 2010, 10:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Female cyclists run over in Belgium
Replies: 11
Views: 883

Re: Female cyclists run over in Belgium

Big T wrote:According to the BC website, the girls were riding on the cycle path and the car driver failed to spot them at a junction and drove into them. Shades of Jason Macintyre. A good reason not to use the cyclepath, IMO.

Interesting. I was once cycling on the road when I was hit by a car pulling out of a side road. A good reason not to use the road?
by richardyorkshire
21 Apr 2010, 11:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Advice on cycling with a baby
Replies: 33
Views: 2563

Re: Advice on cycling with a baby

In my opinion it is way too risky. Don't get me wrong I like cycling but it is really not worth it as we don't have continous cycle paths in UK and roads are outright dangerous with a baby on the bike, or even in the trailer.

Bear in mind that it is dangerous to take the baby in a car instead of on a bicycle. Passengers in cars are typically exposed to higher levels of air pollution than riders of bicycles. Think of the poor baby's developing lungs.
by richardyorkshire
31 Mar 2010, 10:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pulling up - just tried it and it doesn't work!
Replies: 42
Views: 2753

Re: Pulling up - just tried it and it doesn't work!

I usually find that I clip straight in when setting off. I push off with my left foot and my right foot just clips into place as the right pedal swings past. Admittedly, it doesn't always work, and if I miss it then I am rather slow setting off. But usually it works.
by richardyorkshire
31 Mar 2010, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sorry, another brooks question
Replies: 15
Views: 1055

Re: Sorry, another brooks question

The main nerve for your leg (the sciatic nerve) leaves the base of the spine, passes through the back of the pelvis, outside the sit bones, through your buttock and then down the centre of your thigh and through the back of the knee. So it is plausible that a saddle of an unsympathetic size or shape could be affecting the nerve at some point and leading to the tingling in leg or foot.

A saddle that is too narrow would rest between the sit bones and irritate the tissue. The tissue could become inflamed and possibly affect the nerve. A saddle too wide might lead to pressure outside the sit bones, which is where the nerve passes. A saddle the right width would be just wide enough to support your sit bones, with no pressure either between the sit bones or outside them.

So I suspect it is more about the width of your saddle than the make. Have you been measured up for a saddle? My local cycle shop measured me up by getting me to sit on a soft pad, in which an impression was left by my sit bones. They then measured the distance between the two dimples.