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by ChrisButch
17 May 2019, 8:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: how to hand signal 'straight ahead'?
Replies: 26
Views: 919

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: 1237

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: 1237

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: 1050

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...
by ChrisButch
30 Mar 2019, 8:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?
Replies: 29
Views: 2703

Re: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?

One incidental benefit of the bike spaces on the new trains, although not for cyclists, is the unobstructed vertical space on the other side of the module. It's the first time on a British train since the disappearance of guards' vans that I've found somewhere which will comfortably take a full-leng...
by ChrisButch
23 Mar 2019, 10:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?
Replies: 29
Views: 2703

Re: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?

New 'bimodal' Hitachi trains are currently being introduced on the GWR Paddington/Exeter/Plymouth/Penzance line. These have more bike spaces than the old HST 125s, but the older trains are still being used at some times of the day.
by ChrisButch
18 Mar 2019, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguard puzzle
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Mudguard puzzle

I use rubber tap washers to fit my guards, threadlock the screws and tighten them just enough to start pinching the rubber. Also adjusted (With bent stays if necessary) in a way that nothing is strained and it will all stay in place with any part unattached. There is some movement but no rattles an...
by ChrisButch
17 Feb 2019, 12:12pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 60
Views: 2709

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

I believe that the article says that inexperienced/less fit cyclists are wrong to twiddle excessively. Froome etc are different. I know we are all different but I have always maintained that spinning a very low gear fast is daft. My legs are at their best a a slower cadence. Yes, you can frequently...
by ChrisButch
9 Feb 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 80
Views: 6432

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

. As others have said though there is SOME innovation there ..e.g. the mech damper so MAYBE the more usefull bits will "trickle down" to more cost effective and useful groupsets over time... ???? To widen the discussion to SRAM innovations more broadly, one which did seem to have some pot...
by ChrisButch
9 Feb 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist
Replies: 96
Views: 14359

Re: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist

I've noticed that judges in such cases, as in this one, now frequently use the phrase 'vulnerable road user' when sentencing. It seems to crop up too many times to be coincidental. Something new in the sentencing guidelines, perhaps?
by ChrisButch
8 Feb 2019, 6:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Jack Taylor (Ladies) - Where to sell?
Replies: 22
Views: 4144

Re: Jack Taylor (Ladies) - Where to sell?

box lining and a few of the components suggest a 1960s bike to me. Yes, I'm not sure the box lining is much help in narrowing down the date. My JT Clubman frame, bought from the brothers in 1975, has box lining and decals more or less identical to the OP's bike. As others have said, the box lining ...
by ChrisButch
14 Dec 2018, 11:14am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Sky not funding Team Sky from 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 7645

Re: Sky not funding Team Sky from 2020

If what is now Team Sky survive but with a sharp budget cut I think that would be a Good Thing. They can still do well with merely a good selection of good riders, rather than a suffocating selection of good riders. Yes. On several occasions they've been fielding teams in simultaneous stage races i...
by ChrisButch
7 Dec 2018, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed
Replies: 15
Views: 698

Re: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed

Worth trying ShoeGoo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_Goo

Used to use it a lot for repairing running shoes. Not sure it would be abrasion-resistant enough for the constant scraping in your application, but worth a try. Several UK suppliers
by ChrisButch
27 Nov 2018, 1:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.
Replies: 21
Views: 924

Re: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.

Simple really, if the sun is low, use the car sun visor and drive slower!!! Unfortunately too many people seem to assume that the sun visor fitted in the car will be enough, but very often it isn't. The visors in most cars cover only a small area - when the sun appears below the bottom edge or to t...
by ChrisButch
27 Nov 2018, 8:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.
Replies: 21
Views: 924

Re: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.

Worth noting that this happened to coincide with a road safety action week by the Devon and Cornwall police, which has included the WMP close pass initiative, among other things. The police officer quoted would have been conscious of this, so was using an actual incident to illustrate a general poin...