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by millimole
22 May 2019, 8:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 116
Views: 1904

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

ⁿ. All our family do this now but I have no idea what is taught in the driving schools now. Mike My wife recently returned to driving after a layoff of a couple of years now that we've changed to an automatic. To help regain her confidence she took a few refresher lessons with a local instructor (s...
by millimole
20 May 2019, 10:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much longer do drum brakes go
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: How much longer do drum brakes go

Blimey Brucey! I toured throughout the UK and France in the 1970s with a Coaster Hub brake, and that hub (Sturmey AWC I think) was still in infrequent use until about 10 years ago - and was never greased or dismantled, I never noticed any drag. One of my current bikes had a more modern Sturmey Arche...
by millimole
20 May 2019, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much longer do drum brakes go
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: How much longer do drum brakes go

Coaster hub brakes are the way to go for (almost) zero maintenance.

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my gormless idiot phone.
by millimole
13 May 2019, 3:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits
Replies: 45
Views: 1799

Re: Cutting minimising nocturnal tent exits

5 litres of urine in a day would be pathological in almost any situation. The rule of thumb for 'normal' urine output is 1ml / minute which approximates to 1440ml in 24 hours (say 1.5 litres). That's why most hospital laboratory 24 hour urine bottles are 2.5 litres - plenty of room for almost all ev...
by millimole
10 May 2019, 8:09am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling ambassadors
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: Cycling ambassadors

Back in the day (that day perhaps being until before approximately world war two) the CTC had local advisors called 'Consols' who did pretty much what you suggest - gained, collated, and distributed local knowledge. I'm not aware of any such arrangements nowadays. I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at...
by millimole
7 May 2019, 9:07am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only
Replies: 49
Views: 1237

Re: BINO: Bypasses In Name Only

So, as I've often thought--the examples given, show that by-passes are in reality relief roads, not by-passes at all. True by-pass roads are, in my experience, only seen in France (and I'm sure, other civilised countries) where no through route remains for private motorists, and the town centre beco...
by millimole
1 May 2019, 8:39am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Event helmet cobblers
Replies: 101
Views: 4448

Re: Event helmet cobblers

[ Now, that may be a rare and unusual instance but it expands upon your point ..... Cugel Maybe not that rare. It is almost identical to my only head-bang in nearly 50 years of cycling. I went off a tarmac path in a park out of politeness to give a dog-walker a wide berth. I hit damp grass and my f...
by millimole
22 Apr 2019, 6:53pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-Bikes rules/Law
Replies: 41
Views: 1892

Re: E-Bikes rules/Law

Wouldn't 20mph be about the right the right level for assisted top speed? At least then ebike riders could ride in the 20mph limits without car drivers hassling to overtake. 20mph would be fine where there are 20 limits, but for most urban roads with a 30mph limit they could be a problem. I say thi...
by millimole
2 Apr 2019, 1:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: loud horn for a bike
Replies: 19
Views: 1028

Re: loud horn for a bike

I had an AirZound for quite a while when I used to commute. I took it off because it was turning me into a bit of a twit! It's a bit like the camera debate - I was looking for and/or getting myself into situations where it (the AirZound or the camera) could be used in anger. Once I'd taken it off th...
by millimole
28 Mar 2019, 7:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?
Replies: 189
Views: 29273

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Worst - taxi drivers. I'm not talking about London Black Cab drivers - I don't have sufficient experience to judge them, I'm talking about local private hire vehicles. Agreed. We live next to a school, so we see a lot of 'creative driving', and 'artistic parking', but it's the private hire taxis th...
by millimole
9 Feb 2019, 8:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Insulting advertising targeted at "Seniors"
Replies: 22
Views: 1779

Re: "Seniors Insurance" Cr*p?

One simple way of skipping TV advertising is to record programs containing adverts then FF through them,I'm surprised anyone who such adverts annoy so much doesn't do it. :) This is one of the main reasons we never* watch any live TV. (*6pm BBC news excepted) I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my ...
by millimole
3 Feb 2019, 4:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Carol Boardman death - case sent for trial
Replies: 133
Views: 16551

Re: Carol Boardman death - case sent for trial

I'd start the conversation with automatic mandatory driving tests after a ban of n days - currently it at the discretion of the court (n might equal 30 in my opinion, but that might encourage courts to give 28 day bans) Equally it ought to be the case that driving bans start once a custodial sentenc...
by millimole
2 Jan 2019, 9:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: other hobbies.
Replies: 116
Views: 9911

Re: other hobbies.

Other than reading a great deal I make my own wireless sets from other peoples junk, my 'ham radio' call is gw0vmr. Pat G0RBI G3YQW. G4SDZ I also collect (& use) old film cameras (1950s - early70s all European/Soviet) Sketching / Drawing (badly for the most part, but it amuses me) I'm a trendy ...
by millimole
22 Jun 2018, 7:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 250
Views: 21260

Re: Swapping penalty points

I suspect there's two issues at work here. Firstly that driver crime isn't taken seriously by a large part of the population; secondly an increasing acceptance of society of minor lawbreaking. Criminal behaviour by drivers is discussed on here at length, as is the strange approach to sentencing. Poi...
by millimole
16 Jun 2018, 8:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 210
Views: 7648

Re: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?

Whoever designs our train carriages should go and have a look at those in Latvia and they'd find a simple way to reduce overcrowding - make the damn things wider. . AFAIR Latvia is on the old Russian gauge which allows for slightly wider trains than the rest of Europe. Trains from the FSU states ar...