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by ChrisButch
30 Aug 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Passing distance includes the riders body?
Replies: 16
Views: 897

Re: Passing distance includes the riders body?

I seem to remember that a clarification of this was being worked on for the next edition of the Highway Code. Any update on this?
by ChrisButch
24 Aug 2019, 8:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

The detailed location temperature forecasts derive from an algorithm which takes into account altitude, exposure, distance from coast etc, wind speed amd direction etc. Different forecasters use different algorithms based on different forecasting models. For instance if you look at windy.com, you ca...
by ChrisButch
24 Aug 2019, 2:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures
Replies: 22
Views: 1131

Re: Difference in actual and Met Office temperatures

As well as the reasons already cited, met office forecast temperatures assume measurement in a standard weather station - a Stevenson screen, which is a vented wooden box painted white to reflect solar radiation, between 1.5/2m above the ground, not overshadowed by vegetation etc etc. Even small var...
by ChrisButch
20 Aug 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Skyscrapers and Cyclists
Replies: 16
Views: 1057

Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

Not so new. I was once knocked over by a vortex below the towers of York Minster.
by ChrisButch
15 Aug 2019, 12:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Extreme horse hazard
Replies: 21
Views: 1346

Re: Extreme horse hazard

A few years ago I was riding my usual local narrow lane circuit during the hunting season, and passed a group of stationary huntspersons who seemed to be dismounting etc at the end of the day. About half a mile further on I heard galloping hooves behind me, getting steadily closer even though I was ...
by ChrisButch
12 Jul 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chater-Lea reborn - New pedal ( old-style )
Replies: 33
Views: 996

Re: Chater-Lea reborn - New pedal ( old-style )

Given the style and tone of the website, it's surprising more attention hasn't been paid to the aesthetics. Whatever their engineering merits, elegant they ain't.
by ChrisButch
10 Jul 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mirror + bar-end shifters
Replies: 15
Views: 498

Mirror + bar-end shifters

After a lifetime of looking over (and under) the shoulder, neck arthritis is now making me think seriously about mirrors. I'm currently using bar-end shifters on drops, which rules out a lot of the more apparently elegant designs. Can anybody recommend a mirror which would work with this combination...
by ChrisButch
4 Jul 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 41
Views: 1294

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

Is there any fix which makes it possible to use both a bar-end mirror and bar-end shifters?
by ChrisButch
23 Jun 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about kickbikes?
Replies: 43
Views: 6096

Re: ... about kickbikes?

I've seen just about the optimum use for these on a couple of Swiss mountain passes. At a hotel at the bottom of the pass you hire an ebike which takes you to the top, where you leave the ebike at the summit restaurant. You swap it for a kickbike, on which you swoop down on lovely smooth grass zigza...
by ChrisButch
12 Jun 2019, 8:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Armed bicycle robbery sparks police drama in Exeter
Replies: 5
Views: 2624

Armed bicycle robbery sparks police drama in Exeter

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/armed-bicycle-robbery-sparks-police-2971942

An armed bicycle - now that really would be a game-changer. What weaponry do you fancy?
by ChrisButch
9 Jun 2019, 9:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lightning: terrible misfortune
Replies: 29
Views: 2961

Re: Lightning: terrible misfortune

I was hillwalking in the Western Highlands yesterday, not too far from the Mamores where this happened. The change in conditions was very sudden. After a week of slack low pressure with light, mostly northeasterly or northwesterly winds, there was a sudden change to warmer, more humid air. The conve...
by ChrisButch
17 May 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: how to hand signal 'straight ahead'?
Replies: 26
Views: 1307

Re: how to hand signal 'straight ahead'?

The hand signal for straight ahead used to be in the Highway Code and had to be learned for the driving test! (Along with the other hand signals, including the pot-stirring one you had to do for a left turn).
by ChrisButch
7 May 2019, 1:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only
Replies: 49
Views: 1683

Re: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only

mjr - probably the latter, although it's too early to know what restrictions, if any, will be placed on the old main street.
by ChrisButch
7 May 2019, 11:33am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only
Replies: 49
Views: 1683

Re: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only

Purely subjective, but I fancy that in many of the market towns bypassed on the A1 and other main roads, the local traffic is now heavier than the through traffic was when they were by-passed. That's especially so if you include late evenings. I would say 'most' rather than 'many'. Topical example ...
by ChrisButch
13 Apr 2019, 11:52am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Healthy snack bar
Replies: 19
Views: 1353

Re: Healthy snack bar

One of the practical disadvantages of home-made bars is that they tend to disintegrate into a pile of sticky crumbs if subject to the abuse of a saddlebag, jersey pocket etc. Manufactured bars use various dubious additives for coherence, but you can get round this using agar flakes, an organic gelat...