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by irc
18 Jan 2019, 11:46am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Is there a multi impact helmet?
Replies: 19
Views: 368

Re: If there is a multi impact helmet?

I know helmets have came on leaps and bounds Really? I thought the helmet test they are built to hadn't changed in years. I thought helmet design was mostly fashion, maybe better ventilation and comfort, but I've never seen any maker claiming their helmet was any safer than any other helmet. In fac...
by irc
12 Jan 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I just got my first smartphone but ...
Replies: 73
Views: 1893

Re: I just got my first smartphone but ...

seems like even cheaper on Amazon - 10 for just 76p incl postage :shock: How on earth can that be done at that price :shock: :shock: Because our postal service subsidises Chinese postage to the UK. United Nations UPU class China, the second biggest economy in the world, as a Category 3 Economy alon...
by irc
12 Jan 2019, 5:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Should cyclists be allowed to use (some) M-way hard shoulders?
Replies: 30
Views: 883

Re: Should cyclists be allowed to use (some) M-way hard shoulders?

Works OK in the places it is allowed in the USA. I felt safer on an 8 foot hard shoulder of a rural freeway than many other roads. Probably not ideal for much of the UK network due to volume of traffic. For some rural secions maybe. And as suggested above going off and re-entering at each junction i...
by irc
7 Jan 2019, 6:17am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speed Awareness Course
Replies: 258
Views: 5580

Re: Speed Awareness Course

but the speedo is always wrong and always over-reading by loads. It varies IMO. Not always loads. I drive various vehicles at work, often with my personal GPS. Going by the GPS the speedos vary at a true 70mph from 77mph to 72mph. 72mph is about as accurate as you can get to allow for tyre wear wit...
by irc
7 Jan 2019, 6:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Winter sales. Time to choose
Replies: 19
Views: 1427

Re: Winter sales. Time to choose

It's down to personal preference I suppose. I like having a clear top tube for handling a loaded bike and because I don't like my knees hitting anything. I don't find i need the extra storage. For anything like a wallet or phone needing fast access I use a small waist bag. The bike below is with ful...
by irc
6 Jan 2019, 7:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Winter sales. Time to choose
Replies: 19
Views: 1427

Re: Winter sales. Time to choose

Nice bike. You won't regret it. I got my Trucker in 2008 and it has been flawless. Brilliant loaded handling and great stability. I was forced off the road once in the USA and had to run on to the sand and gravel desert beside the road. Stayed upright without any drama. In 2017 I carried my usual ca...
by irc
4 Jan 2019, 9:46pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Proof if it were needed
Replies: 14
Views: 468

Can't See the Logic

Sister of a cyclist killed by tractor is campaigning for a helmet law. Her brother was wearing a helmet so a law would have made no difference. https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/sister-cyclist-who-died-after-2348187 So maybe camp\ign for better helmet standards, bigger sentences for...
by irc
4 Jan 2019, 2:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Accuracy of historical bicycle miles travelled and cyclist casualty rates.
Replies: 23
Views: 771

Re: Accuracy of historical bicycle miles travelled and cyclist casualty rates.

The stats may well be accurate. I'd suggest there would be a vast decrease in cycling miles from the 50s to the 70s as cars became affordable to most people rather than just the better off.
by irc
4 Jan 2019, 12:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Worst dog incidents, and tips for dealing with them
Replies: 97
Views: 2922

Re: Worst dog incidents, and tips for dealing with them

My take on it. I almost never try and outrun a dog as this re-enforces bikes being something to chase. Also unless you are sure the dog won't catch up there is a risk of a crash with either the dog getting under a wheel or the rider looking back at the dog and not at the road. I stop and dismount. I...
by irc
1 Jan 2019, 12:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: It's March 29th, 23h00: What happens next?
Replies: 335
Views: 6361

Re: It's March 29th, 23h00: What happens next?

Britain lurches into a state of total panic and sustained pain, financial collapse, food and fuel shortages, all likely aggravated by civil unrest. Perfect conditions for an ultra right wing fascist coup How's that foil hat going then? You might be eating those words 87 days from now. Mind you, tha...
by irc
31 Dec 2018, 11:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: It's March 29th, 23h00: What happens next?
Replies: 335
Views: 6361

Re: It's March 29th, 23h00: What happens next?

Canuk wrote: Britain lurches into a state of total panic and sustained pain, financial collapse, food and fuel shortages, all likely aggravated by civil unrest.

Perfect conditions for an ultra right wing fascist coup


How's that foil hat going then?
by irc
26 Dec 2018, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Greatest ever uk frame builder?
Replies: 86
Views: 6133

Re: Greatest ever uk frame builder?

Earlier in the thread Dave Moulton was mentioned. For anyone who hasn't seen it he has a long running blog discussing his frame building and other issues. http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/ A customer called me saying his Fuso Lux frame he had bought had a tiny bubble in the Columbus decal. Colum...
by irc
26 Dec 2018, 5:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?
Replies: 40
Views: 1805

Re: 9 speed cassette: 12-36. Too spaced out for front double?

My tourer is set up with a custom 12-34 cqssette to avoid the big 17-20 gap in the middle of the standard 11-34. Shimano make a 12-34 which reduces that gap to an 18-20 but only in super expensive XTR. So my solution? I took the 12-14-16-18 cogs from a 12-36 cassette and merged then with the 20-34 p...
by irc
23 Dec 2018, 8:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Claiming from driver's insurer.
Replies: 19
Views: 993

Re: Claiming from driver's insurer.

there is no law that obliges the driver to report it to the Police unless they haven't provided the information at the scene. (2)The driver of the [F1mechanically propelled vehicle] must stop and, if required to do so by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and addre...