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by mattheus
18 Oct 2019, 4:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Review of Highways Act 1835
Replies: 37
Views: 4112

Re: Review of Highways Act 1835

There are at least six situations * public footpaths (which can sometimes come with a 'permissive' allowance to ride horses but not to ride bikes) - no FPN * footways - FPNable * roads/paths subject to local bylaws , see individual case * normal roads under which cycling/all vehicles has been prohi...
by mattheus
18 Oct 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Found - Twenty Quid
Replies: 61
Views: 1654

Re: Found - Twenty Quid

Reminds me of the extraordinary story of Dan Cooper and his unspendable $200,000. That's a great story! But I couldn't see the reason that the cash was "unspendable" :/ Every bill’s serial number was recorded and made public, so spending any of it would reveal, or seriously risk revealing...
by mattheus
18 Oct 2019, 11:24am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Found - Twenty Quid
Replies: 61
Views: 1654

Re: Found - Twenty Quid

Samuel D wrote:Reminds me of the extraordinary story of Dan Cooper and his unspendable $200,000.

That's a great story!

But I couldn't see the reason that the cash was "unspendable" :/

(except perhaps because he almost certainly died before having the chance!)
by mattheus
18 Oct 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel blowouts - options?
Replies: 81
Views: 1574

Re: Small wheel blowouts - options?

The only blowout I have witnessed on a descent was on the Galibier - one of the leaders in a Sportive braked (quite) late for a hairpin and BANG! This was on "race" tyres, and probably rim-brakes given the year. It was a hot day, but still mid-morning, so nowhere near scorchio. [I was craw...
by mattheus
18 Oct 2019, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel blowouts - options?
Replies: 81
Views: 1574

Re: Small wheel blowouts - options?

Sturdy, heavy, simple "dutch"-style roadsters (with either 1 or 3 speeds) are an APPALLING design for climbing the Tourmalet (dunno about the descent).

That doesn't make them a bad design - owners just need to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses.
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders

Ah, social media, talk about going off at tangents! OK, the answers to your "can anyone" and "does anyone" direct questions seems to be "no", but it's difficult to be sure. I've remembered why I don't view this forum that often :roll: Is it because lately you ask quest...
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 7:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel blowouts - options?
Replies: 81
Views: 1574

Re: Small wheel blowouts - options?

Energy go up at the square of the speed. So if it's so silly steep and twisty so I don't dare to let my bent trike go then I try and keep it to around 10 mph. .5mv^2 has nothing to do with it. You still put more total heat in to the rim & brake when dragging the brake to go slowly. Going slowly...
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 5:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders

Thankyou.

(my view is reasoned, I just haven't bothered to detail my reasons :- P )
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 4:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders

I respectfully but strongly disagree. Would you explain your reasons (as required by the forum rules), please? Citation please. (I'm sure you're right, but the rules are not displayed anywhere that I can see them. And I'm avoiding giving reasons to avoid a deeper argument about subjective matters, ...
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 4:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders

mjr wrote:
pedals2slowly wrote:I have already enquired of CUK but am not optimistic of a useful reply such is my experience of their member or affiliate group support.

That would have been useful to know in the opening post and might have avoided some disliked replies.


Very true!
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 2:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders

I respectfully but strongly disagree.
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 2:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel blowouts - options?
Replies: 81
Views: 1574

Re: Small wheel blowouts - options?

Good stuff gents, many thanks. As ever much to chew on. Re descending and braking techniques, on a 'typical' French mountain there's not much that one can do different: the bike accelerates to a maximum velocity of perhaps 40-50mph and then you brake for the corner. That bit at the top of the Tourm...
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 1:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: SMIDSY vs SMIFY
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: SMIDSY vs SMIFY

Interesting, thanks for the link. Is there also maybe an element of the brain looking only for car-shaped things, so "car" = I can't go, "not car" = I can go? Definitely.* But in practice it doesn't matter which of the 2 effects is dominant - the brain user chooses to ignore cer...
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders

You can't have a navigator (or two!) and then claim it's not a led ride. Well, you can try of course ...
by mattheus
17 Oct 2019, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel blowouts - options?
Replies: 81
Views: 1574

Re: Small wheel blowouts - options?

(Schoolboy physics) The gravitational potential energy to be dissipated during a descent has 2 places to go - into the surrounding air as wind resistance, or into the brake/wheel interface as heat. If you descend at the same speed, braking in the same manner, you aren't going to increase the air br...