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by Vorpal
23 Apr 2021, 3:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with a laptop (or similar)
Replies: 13
Views: 239

Re: Touring with a laptop (or similar)

I have often done short tours going to & from cycle conferences or other events. I generally take my laptop along when I do that. I just put it in a pannier, usually in a sleeve or plastic bag to protect against casual spills, rain coming in when I open my pannier, etc.

If I already had something suitable, I probably wouldn't buy something just for the trip, though I guess it's an individual sort of thing whether losing a couple of pounds is worth the expense.

As other have pointed out, one does need to consider power requirements and battery life, though with hotel stays, that is really a factor of how much it will be used between overnight stops. I've only take a laptop when I was planning on spending at least one night in a hotel, though I might have one or two nights camping before I get there. I have not used my laptop along the way.
by Vorpal
23 Apr 2021, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Orbit Tandem Question
Replies: 29
Views: 537

Re: Orbit Tandem Question

Jdsk wrote: 23 Apr 2021, 12:34pm
Vorpal wrote: 23 Apr 2021, 10:21amI used toe clips for my kids, so I generally had to tighten those. I recommend them, or a clipless system for younger stokers.
We settled on toe clips and straps, but rarely tightened.
Vorpal wrote: 23 Apr 2021, 10:21amI taught my kids to bring the pedals round to 2 o'clock for me, once they were settled, I was on, and my legs were clear
Similar but with added shouting. So once the bike is up and running the pilot calls "Foot up" to allow a pause while both stop pedalling for the other foot to be inserted.

The 7 year old put in a complaint last week because there are clips and straps on the tagalong tandem trailer trike BUT NOT ON THE FOLLOW-ME BIKE.

Jonathan
:lol: :lol:

Both my kids would take their feet out of the toe clips frequently if I didn't do them up pretty well. They eventually learned not to, then I could leave them loose enough that if they got tired, they could take their feet out and rest them on the cross tube. I thought about putting foot rests there, but never got round to it. Littlest now prefers them done up tighter than he can manage.

I've always gotten both mine to do up both feet before we set off. I don't use any toe clips or clipless. I used to use toe clips, but I lost a screw holding a toe clip onto my pedal once when we were out & about, and just took the whole thing off. I found it less faff, so took the other off, as well.

Mini V was generally pretty helpful on the bike. She signalled for us and learned to say 'oil up' from my club mates, to their amusement.
by Vorpal
23 Apr 2021, 2:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliberate Close Passing /Assault and now just too scared to ride to work.
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Deliberate Close Passing /Assault and now just too scared to ride to work.

I'm sorry to hear about your experiences. You obviously have to do what is best for you, but some things to think about & alternative tor try...

1) advocate for better infrastructure; segregated routes, filtered traffic, and other improvements that make for better cycling environments are being implemented all over the UK. Find out who is working on it in your area (Cycling UK should have some information about their representatives). This is obviously a long term, rather than short term solution. (edit: I see you've added this :) )
2) edit: Cyclecraft, by John Franklin and published by TSO (more info than Bikeability)
3) can you work flexible hours? Or do your cycle commute at different times to avoid the worst traffic? even 10 minutes one way or the other might be enough if you are being targetted by a particular person
4) Before you give up & buy a car, hire one for a bit & see if you can cope with the driving. Personally, I go stir crazy after a couple of weeks of driving to work, and my perspective on this has changed over the years.
5) What will you do for exercise instead of cycling? Is it something you can commit the time to, in addition to driving? Or do you get enough exercise without cycling? Otherwise, the risk from illness that results from being sedentary is likely higher, and possible much higher than the risk of traffic injury.
6) can you get a lift with a colleague for a while, and limit cycling to off-road and quiet lane rides until you are ready to try your commute again?
7) Can you use public transport? Or combine cycling & public transport to leave out the worst bits of your commute?

good luck!
by Vorpal
23 Apr 2021, 2:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: LIFE SAVER
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: LIFE SAVER

Most Bikeability instructors teach the 'life saver'. It is a requirement in Bikeability to look over the right shoulder before turning, though I am not familiar with how the current instruction guidelines address this.
by Vorpal
23 Apr 2021, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Orbit Tandem Question
Replies: 29
Views: 537

Re: Orbit Tandem Question

I taught my kids to bring the pedals round to 2 o'clock for me, once they were settled, I was on, and my legs were clear :)

I used toe clips for my kids, so I generally had to tighten those. I recommend them, or a clipless system for younger stokers.

The best tyres I've had on the tandem were Vittoria Randonneurs. I can't get thise, now & I've currently got Marathons on. They are fine for what the tandem is mostly used for these days, taking Littlest (now 12!) to music lessons and friends' houses.

Enjoy! My kids both loved it.
by Vorpal
23 Apr 2021, 9:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Orbit Tandem Question
Replies: 29
Views: 537

Re: Orbit Tandem Question

Jdsk wrote: 23 Apr 2021, 8:47am I found it different because of the extra leverage caused by the greater distance from the front bars to to the child. But the Super Galaxies are very floppy when held that way, and I imagine that differs between tandems.

Jonathan

PS: How young did they start on the back? Younger granddaughter was happy at 4y old last year, but with our children we started with a flat bar as a footrest even before the Kiddicrank.
The Thorn child back tandems aren't very floppy. I only had problems when someone wiggled.
Also, if there was something suitable around (low wall, fence, corner, etc.), I could put the 'parking brake' on, lean the bike slightly, and prop the front wheel against something, then use the stoker's bars to stabilise the bike whilst I dealt with getting someone settled. The main jobs were doing up toe clips, and dealing with loose clothes or hanging bits that might get caught in a chain. Mini V was keen on floofy skirts, and creative enhancements to her clothes. Littlest on the other hand, just never did anything up himself. He'd go around holding his trousers up, rather than do them up. :lol:

edited to add: I have occasionally mounted backwards so I could stabilise the bike with my legs, deal with whatever, then off & on again. It's not my preferred method.

Mini V was 3 when I bought a used Thorn Voyager. She was big for her age & could reach the pedals with them in the short holes on the cranks, and the saddle in the lowest position. She took to it like a duck to water.

Littlest could reach the pedals around the time Mini V outgrew the tandem, so that worked well for us. I think that was summer Mini V was 9 and Littlest was 6.
by Vorpal
23 Apr 2021, 8:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Orbit Tandem Question
Replies: 29
Views: 537

Re: Orbit Tandem Question

Jdsk wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 11:02pm Hope you have as much fun as we've had with ours.
ClappedOut wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 10:56pm... and tilt the bicycle to get on son with low seat seems to be okay
We have a golden rule: pilot on first, both feet on the ground, then the stoker. And dismount in the reverse sequence. So when there's someone on the back the tandem is never held up by arms alone by someone who isn't astride. YMMV.

Jonathan
I had to do it the other way around when my kids were small, as they generally needed some help. I don't see it as any different than putting a child in a seat, and then mounting. There is a small risk that the bike could fall with the child on it, so it does require some care (one reason a parking brake is handy). With a larger stoker, I think that whoever mounts first has to be able to hold the bike upright whilst the other person gets on, and that should be discussed and agreed in advance.
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Orbit Tandem Question
Replies: 29
Views: 537

Re: Orbit Tandem Question

BerlinMatt wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 4:23pm
I use an old toe strap or a piece of velcro as a parking brake- this is useful on trains and ferries. On our tandem I have set the drag brake up with an old friction thumb shifter, when we bought it it was stoker operated- this strained stoker/captain relations :wink:
I use velcro straps.

My stoker is 12, so not to be trusted with a drag brake :lol: :lol:

Fun picture, btw :)
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 8:26pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Split from How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Split from How can I stop this happening?

Nobody has, to the best of my knowledge, moderated anything on the basis that it wasn't 'nice'. Things get moderated because of insults, and personal attacks, swearing, or other violations of forum guidelines.

I often post on threads when people post stuff that seems likely to degenerate into insults, when they are at the merely sarcastic / sniping stage in the hopes of heading it off before anything needs to be moderated.
DevonDamo wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 3:40pm Appreciated - that was an honest response. If crossed wires are part of the issue here, then that would explain why I'm at the top of the 'whining about moderation' charts here. I use a lot of sarcasm, irony, comedy metaphors and all sorts of other dastardly ploys in disagreements and these would come across as confrontational if you don't perceive the comic intent behind them. Suggestion: how about treating me as a 'special case?' If I've written something that looks out of order - pass the job on to someone else to adjudicate. If nothing else, they can take the flack when I decide to throw my toys out of the pram.
I don't think that you have been moderated very much, so I'm not sure that any such thing is necessary?

The others could vouch for the fact that if I'm not certain about something I do generally ask for a second opinion.
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 3:09pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Split from How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Split from How can I stop this happening?

DevonDamo wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 1:49pm

Essay over. My question: should the use of sarcasm be a matter for moderation?
Sarcasm is not a matter for moderation in and of itself. Mockery might be.

However, I didn't moderate it. I merely posted an appeal to argue nicely, and would not normally have taken further action, as long as things didn't spiral into insults & personal attacks.

That said, I sometimes miss the mark. I have to admit that not having grown up in the UK, I sometimes place the line between sarcastic humour & negativity differently than some others. My main education in British wit was Monty Python's Flying Circus :wink:
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 2:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 42
Views: 1122

Re: How can I stop this happening?

[XAP]Bob wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 2:19pm
Pete Owens wrote: 21 Apr 2021, 12:08am
foxyrider wrote: 20 Apr 2021, 9:56pm If anything, my recent rides have been plagued by drivers who won't pass when its safe, i find a glance back, no hand signals, spurs them into action, its as though they have locked in to driving at 15mph!
"plagued" sounds an odd word to use in that context.
I think that is the result of the close pass initiatives. Drivers are now more aware of the need to give us plenty of space - and if they overestimate it rather than underestimate it that is entirely to be welcomed.
One of the issues is that by turning down several opportunities to pass they act as a complete block on the road and can build up three or four additional vehicles behind them. The drivers of *those* vehicles then get irritated and assume that the law breaking and poor cyclist at the front must have been causing the problem, when in fact it was the motorist who didn't overtake.
It doesn't usually last long though. I'd far rather have a cautious and patient driver behind me than an impatient one. Or have a driver who is unsure, start to overtake and abort, causing problems for others.

Also, if I see that a queue is building up behind me, I generally pull over when it is safe to do so.
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 2:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SADDLES - width and sit bone measurement
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Re: SADDLES

I'm surprised that the cycle shop did not discuss this with you.

Specialized have a sizing app https://www.specialized.com/us/en/saddle-sizing/app#/

I thought Bontrager has something similar, but doing a little googling, it wasn't easy to find.

This thread viewtopic.php?f=5&t=108871 has discussion about what saddle width for sit bones' width.
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 10:09am
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Split from How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 12
Views: 246

Re: Split from How can I stop this happening?

DevonDamo wrote:Could you explain what that would look like please?
Maybe?

Is
DevonDamo wrote: Now.... where... was... it....? I'm sure I read an account on here somewhere about someone pulling out into primary because they were in a location where an overtake was unsafe, and subsequently being put at risk by a dangerous overtake. But they weren't mown down though, which can't be right - because as you point out: that's the only possible way an overtake can occur in an unsafe location.

Hang on - I've got it! It was the OP. Have a look - it's a cracking read.
really necessary? It suggests that he hasn't read the OP, and borders on insulting. I'd be irritated if someone responded that way to me, and it is exactly the sort of thing that escalates into insults.

p.s. You may have slightly misunderstood Pete Owens. You and he seem to be saying exactly the same thing about the OP not being mown down, just coming at it from differing perspectives.
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 10:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: How can I stop this happening?
Replies: 42
Views: 1122

Re: How can I stop this happening?

I have to admit that I am more of the 'take the lane' approach than the 'pull over and let them pass', however, there are clearly circumstances for which either could be appropriate, and it is entirely the judgement of the cyclist which to do.

Riding a trike or pulling a trailer leaves the cyclist with fewer opportunities to pull over, unless there is a hard shoulder or room to get off the road, unless the lane is extraordinarily wide.
Pete Owens wrote: 20 Apr 2021, 11:37pm
What you describe sounds like you are being wilfully obstructive. Unnecessarily, obstructing the progress of traffic that could safely overtake, but just for a little bit. Equivalent to driving a tractor along the outside lane of a dual carriageway and only pulling across when a faster vehicle catches up with you and slows down to your speed.
I know that DevonDamo has clarified this, but, I don't in any case see it as willfully obstructive. I see it as getting a driver to appropriately reduce their speed for my safety. I don't mind as much overtaking in limited space when a driver is going suitably slow, so I sometimes use road position to get them to slow down to my speed, then move over to enable an overtake. There might be room for an overtake accelerating from 15 mph that would be far too close at 70 mph.
by Vorpal
22 Apr 2021, 9:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Scared a cyclist on the road today, my fault
Replies: 45
Views: 791

Re: Scared a cyclist on the road today, my fault

Jdsk wrote: 22 Apr 2021, 9:40am
PS: Morning, Vorpal. That isn't the official Highway Code. It's a strange site which unfortunately comes up high in searches. The text that it shows has been an accurate copy so far...

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway ... 159-to-203
Thanks for pointing that out. I fixed it. I have to admit that I just looked to see if it 'looked right', and didn't notice that it wasn't the correct site.