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by recumbentpanda
13 Apr 2019, 8:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 894

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

I suspect the important word in your story about Irish towns may be ‘recently’. The phenomenon I am talking about is technically termed ‘induced demand’. The Wikipedia article on it is very thought provoking for anyone interested in transport planning issues. It seems that the answer to motor traffi...
by recumbentpanda
12 Apr 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 894

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Plus, as noted above, if it gets built, then in five years or so the problems will be just as bad or worse, because building roads attracts more traffic.
by recumbentpanda
11 Apr 2019, 9:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath Spa traffic debate
Replies: 29
Views: 894

Re: Bath Spa traffic debate

Hmm, as someone who fairly regularly has occasion to walk and cycle in, through and around Bath, I think ‘purgatory for pedestrians and hell for cyclists’ is slightly overdoing it. Certainly it has its problems, and certainly there has been a heightened level of debate lately, although check out the...
by recumbentpanda
3 Apr 2019, 8:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What distinguishes between a mens saddle & womens saddle ?
Replies: 15
Views: 795

Re: Trasgender issues....

To answer the OPs factual question the difference is primarily in width. The male pelvis is generally narrower than the female, hence the need for the padding supporting the ‘sit bones’ to be closer together for males and a little further apart for females. Of course these are generalisations over a...
by recumbentpanda
11 Mar 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Down, not yet out.
Replies: 13
Views: 2338

Re: Down, not yet out.

Oh, and yes, BlackPanther, I second the recommendation of elbow pads! Stole my son’s Bauers after he gave up inline skating. Put more scratches on them than he did! Have also long contemplated some hip pads as I get older and bonier. :lol:
by recumbentpanda
11 Mar 2019, 9:17am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Down, not yet out.
Replies: 13
Views: 2338

Re: Down, not yet out.

When my fuego suddenly dumped me a few weeks back, I carefully examined the site for evidence, Sherlock style. A recumbent capsize usually happens so much quicker - the journey to the ground is shorter, and so it can be hard to be sure exactly what happened. Tyre tracks revealed that in avoiding a p...
by recumbentpanda
26 Feb 2019, 12:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More cycling? Less motoring?
Replies: 52
Views: 7777

Re: More cycling? Less motoring?

I have visited quite a lot of countryside in Japan by train. For example, ‘Rabbit Train’ gets you from central Tokyo to Utsunomiya, and thus within taxi, bus or walking distance of much of the Kanto Plain. Further up the line and you can hike in the mountains of Nikko.
by recumbentpanda
19 Feb 2019, 8:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: People who provided or shorten cranks in the UK?
Replies: 13
Views: 1554

Re: People who provided or shorten cranks in the UK?

Sugino make nice old school triples in a range of crank lengths. Have to import from US suppliers via eBay. Shop around, not cheap but not out of the ordinary prices for good quality parts.
by recumbentpanda
29 Dec 2018, 4:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )
Replies: 42
Views: 3909

Re: Pedals suitable for barefoot shoes ( ultra-thin soles )

I have two wheel recumbent experience on this. I live barefoot off the bike, (yeah, I know, super eccentric!) so on the bike I wear ‘barefoot’ minimalist shoes. I use wide mtb pedals with the sharp tungsten studs. I can testify that this is fine for both comfort and grip. My shoes however are either...
by recumbentpanda
11 Dec 2018, 11:29am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!
Replies: 11
Views: 4837

Re: Nazca Fuego or Back to the future!

+1 for the Fuego! Modded mine to give a slightly wider gear range at both ends over standard ‘touring set up. Very happy with tiller as I have numerous very tight corners to negotiate -push tiller forward for slow speed manoeuvres, lay back again for that lovely mile eating feeling. Hands close toge...
by recumbentpanda
30 Nov 2018, 8:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Chocolate Path Bristol
Replies: 14
Views: 1849

Re: Chocolate Path Bristol

Thanks for the link wilpom! My memory of the construction was wrong, and it’s actually the main river wall that supports it -and from the report you linked it seems the river wall is very unwell! Something will have to be done as you point out, but whatever it is is going to take a long time -severa...
by recumbentpanda
21 Oct 2018, 9:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: dont ask a copper
Replies: 77
Views: 3785

Re: dont ask a copper

Now if the driver of the white van had made a racist comment we would have seen scores of police trying to catch him, the met employs over a thousand police offers just trawling the internet looking for hate crimes, yet if you get burgled it is treated about as serious as throwing a sweet wrapper o...
by recumbentpanda
8 Oct 2018, 1:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small Wheel Blow-outs
Replies: 67
Views: 11085

Re: Small Wheel Blow-outs

Hmm, not sure about the physics of MickF’s explanation for the cooler running of his new brakes. Squeezing force at the rim doesn’t care how you got it there, whether through bendy calipers or stiff ones. Much more likely explanation for the improvement is a more efficient and cooler running block m...
by recumbentpanda
3 Sep 2018, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have inner tubes changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 1270

Re: Have inner tubes changed?

Never had an issue with pre-glued patches, but I always put a little air in the tube so it is nice and round before sticking it on. If this is not done, I feel the patch is put under too much strain as the tube is pumped up to pressure, stretching it at a time when the glue bond has yet to reach ful...
by recumbentpanda
18 Aug 2018, 8:03pm
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Halfords link
Replies: 3
Views: 5058

Re: Halfords link

I encountered my third Halfords assembled bike this year with the forks on back to front . . . Then I discovered the last one, a ‘Wiggins’ model is actually designed with reverse curved forks. Who thought it was a good idea to confuse Halfords mechanics even more with that one?! Apparently the whole...