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by soapbox
10 Sep 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not all cyclists are perfect! (head butt pedestrian)
Replies: 34
Views: 1684

Re: Not all cyclists are perfect!

It isn't what you see yourself as but what others see you as. They see you ride a bike, you're a cyclist. Once you're a cyclist, you're one of a group. How you see it doesn't alter that viewpoint of others. There's more "others" than there are you or us (whether you believe in "us&qu...
by soapbox
9 Sep 2019, 10:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Whatever happened to bamboo clothing
Replies: 20
Views: 1153

Re: Whatever happened to bamboo clothing

British cycle-clothing company GRN have a couple of bamboo t-shirts in their range. Beware the white Brunel t-shirt which is advertised with the words "Cycle to work -Brunel would" but the words aren't actually on the tee. Nice stuff though.
by soapbox
27 Aug 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?
Replies: 73
Views: 2669

Re: Why don't road cyclists say hello anymore?

I raised the subject with a local cycling legend and old hand who believed it was the rise of what he calls 'new cyclists'. Supremely fit, all the gear, but zero understanding of how to handle a bike, the traditions and culture of the sport, or of bike etiquette on the road. But I was once a 'new c...
by soapbox
28 Jul 2019, 8:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 3x or 4x lacing
Replies: 14
Views: 2336

Re: 3x or 4x lacing

I'd be interested to know the answer to that, too. I've got a couple of touring wheels that are 4x, but they're on 40h hubs. I've never known anyone build 4x on 36h hubs.
by soapbox
20 Jul 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Safety Checklist When Replacing Parts or Building New Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 849

Re: Bike Safety Checklist When Replacing Parts or Building New Bike

The bicycle M check is well documented. E.G. from Sustrans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qtx60bcNk0 Jeez, that's annoying to watch because of the 'music'. Surprised that they don't check that the gears are working -badly adjusted gears that cause the chain to jam, ride over the sprockets into th...
by soapbox
20 Jul 2019, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Safety Checklist When Replacing Parts or Building New Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 849

Re: Bike Safety Checklist When Replacing Parts or Building New Bike

Skewers... I love arguing this one. The Velominati book probably has a rule about them, but most people can justify their own reasons for why they position their skewers the way they do, and simply can't live with the way others position theirs. I think everyone is agreed that they have to be on the...
by soapbox
20 Jul 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ornamental displaying of a bike
Replies: 9
Views: 1150

Re: Ornamental displaying of a bike

I've a couple of bikes hanging on my living room walls (making use of wall space because of a lack of floor space). I made a couple of brackets from some junk angle iron to rest the wheels on, plus another screw/rawlbolt fixing in the wall to attach a piece of tape to hold the bike to the wall. The ...
by soapbox
11 Jul 2019, 10:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chater-Lea reborn - New pedal ( old-style )
Replies: 33
Views: 1080

Re: Chater-Lea

Where's their market? Chater-Lea is an ancient/obsolete brand. Why ressurect it and launch with a £250 pedal that most serious cyclists don't use anymore? What sort of bike do you have if you're putting a pedal like that on? I'm sure there are still some die-hards riding around on original classic b...
by soapbox
1 Jul 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Chain Reaction Cycles
Replies: 131
Views: 191491

Re: Chain Reaction Cycles

If people aren't using CRC or Wiggle, who are they using? Chain Reaction used to be my first choice until they switched from Royal Mail. Then I went to Wiggle, who now use a courier, and I recently sent them feedback telling them that they were losing my custom because of their choice of courier. T...
by soapbox
1 Jul 2019, 8:21pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Like Dislike buttons
Replies: 49
Views: 21820

Re: Like Dislike buttons

Just like to add my pennyworth to this, after wondering why there aren't like/dislike buttons. I don't think dislike buttons would add anything to the forum, but like, or upticks, would. They are a way of agreeing with or endorsing a comment, creating a consensus of experience and knowledge that can...
by soapbox
30 Jun 2019, 3:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know
Replies: 42
Views: 3069

Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

May be if TOCs were allowed to charge a fare for carrying bikes then they would have an incentive for improving facilities for carriage of full sized bikes. I suspect that they would need a prod from government to actually implement improvements. On a train in Germany I was struck by the good facil...
by soapbox
30 Jun 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know
Replies: 42
Views: 3069

Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Reading this thread just confirms my thoughts about the disjointed, unhelpful, and woeful state of bike provision on our railways. I gave up on them years ago, despite it being easier to take a bike on a train in the north west than in other parts of the country. Very sad that people who are prepare...
by soapbox
30 Jun 2019, 1:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Lake District
Replies: 36
Views: 3593

Re: Cycling in the Lake District

I want to say ditch the bike because walking is the best way to see the Lake District, and the roads are narrow, busy, and hilly. However, if you decide to get a rack, you might benefit from a bit of careful planning and even car-assisted rides for your early-morning adventures (road bike?). If you'...
by soapbox
29 Jun 2019, 10:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Zebra Crossings
Replies: 29
Views: 4304

Re: Zebra Crossings

They should either be very wide - ( > 4.5m) which is sufficient for a car to overtake a cyclist OR very narrow ( < 3m) which makes it obvious even to the dumbest driver that they won't fit. It is the widths in between that are the problem. Is there a legal/statutory width or is is just left to coun...
by soapbox
29 Jun 2019, 10:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 227
Views: 16638

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

My point is that, sooner or later, a civil court may apply the National Standard for Cycle Training as a gauge of liability. According to the barrister's notes, in this case they didn't. The Standard says cover your brakes. Either the defendant was covering them or he wasn't. The witnesses weren't ...