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by thekelticfringe
18 Nov 2009, 12:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling and wind ....
Replies: 19
Views: 1831

Re: Cycling and wind ....

I did a three day ride which covered about 80 miles a day for three days consecutively. I ate more than usual, particularly breakfast, and did try to concentrate on slow burn carbs - so brown pasta, jacket potatoes, baked beans ( :D ) dried fruit, that kind of stuff - and yup, sure enough, wind-assi...
by thekelticfringe
17 Nov 2009, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain cleaning
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Re: Chain cleaning

regarding degreaser - can I make a suggestion? Use paraffin or white spirit. You can use it over and over again if you do as follows: Find a large glass jar and put about 3 inches of water in the bottom. Use the paraffin in the chain cleaning tool as usual and then pour it from the bottom reservoir ...
by thekelticfringe
17 Nov 2009, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuting - what bike to get?
Replies: 40
Views: 4676

Re: Commuting - what bike to get?

A 22 mile commute is a pretty serious undertaking - I know - I used to do a little further than that. What you need more than anything is speed I really support this point of view - if you're fit, or as your fitness develops, you'll find that a speedy, fast rolling bike makes a big difference. I oc...
by thekelticfringe
17 Nov 2009, 6:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuting - what bike to get?
Replies: 40
Views: 4676

Re: Commuting - what bike to get?

I bought a Cotic Roadrat with an Alfine 8 speed hub. This is a steel frame, making for a comfy ride and is fast and lively, meaning that a 22 mile each-way commute is practical. It's flat bar but you can turn the stem over if you like to give it a lower front. The wheels can be specced to be disc-co...
by thekelticfringe
15 Nov 2009, 8:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13326

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

At the risk of being stoned for cross-posting, anyone who wishes to make their suggestions known to the **Scottish** government can start here http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=30621.
by thekelticfringe
14 Nov 2009, 6:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6554

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

Rather like motorcycling, compare the hazard faced by a cyclist hitting/being hit by a car (or Artic!) with the hazard faced by a car driver being hit/hitting a bike. So, whilst irresponsible biking is as unacceptable as irresponsible driving, there maybe should be a presumption in favour of the vul...
by thekelticfringe
14 Nov 2009, 8:45am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6554

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

Anyone else see the TV programme on this last night? Depressing! A re-enactment of three cyclist -v- cardriver accidents that were ludicrous in the degree to which they failed to represent any real road riding/driving experience. Then a 'hands-'up' poll amongst the usual suspects from cycling and mo...
by thekelticfringe
13 Nov 2009, 7:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bike song
Replies: 12
Views: 718

Re: bike song

Oh and then there's "I lost my heart to a draft excluder" with Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip (but I'm showing my age!)
by thekelticfringe
13 Nov 2009, 7:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bike song
Replies: 12
Views: 718

Re: bike song

"The concrete and the clay beneath my feet begin to crumble" pops into my mind occasionally during my commute along ropy cycle track. I did think it was the follow-up to Glenn Campbell's "I'm a Limestone Cowboy", but turns out it was by Unit 4 plus 2
by thekelticfringe
12 Nov 2009, 6:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13326

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

Yes, cycling is much safer in Holland - but that is due to the safety in numbers effect. It would be even safer if cyclists were permitted to use the roads. Totally anecdotal, but Central Glasgow has quite a few cyclists (and few dedicated cycle lanes). In general the car drivers are considerate. I...
by thekelticfringe
9 Nov 2009, 10:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13326

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

@3rdcrank - thanks- interesting read. A lot of common sense in the "cycle-friendly infrastructure" doc
by thekelticfringe
9 Nov 2009, 8:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13326

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

I think that 2 things arise from this thread: 1. To put together a vision of how we would like to see an integrated system (if it doesn't already exist) and to campaign for it's implementation. 2. To educate motorists (and cyclists) that we need to share the road: co-operation not war. Gerry Anyone...
by thekelticfringe
8 Nov 2009, 1:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13326

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

thekelticfringe wrote:This is a bit like cyclists saying to car drivers that there should be no traffic on an A road because a motorway connects the two destinations (- i.e. clearly nonsense!!)
by thekelticfringe
8 Nov 2009, 1:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Debate scheduled:Cyclists are a menace
Replies: 22
Views: 1565

Re: Debate scheduled:Cyclists are a menace

Yeah - I agree, I'm not complaining about the speeding penalty - what I'm saying is that other areas of traffic laws need to be enforced as strictly, both for the general good and for fairness.
by thekelticfringe
8 Nov 2009, 8:17am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Not convinced on cycle lanes
Replies: 301
Views: 13326

Re: Not convinced on cycle lanes

I don't like or use cycle lanes much either. Couple of points: IMO one big issue is that clycle lanes let drivers think that "Cyclists should be in the cycle lanes", which implies that the cars have the primary right to use the rest of the road. This is a bit like cyclists saying to car dr...