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by cotswolds
12 Feb 2017, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Speeding motorists
Replies: 121
Views: 27266

Re: Speeding motorists

Here's an article about a new speed camera technology being tested in Gloucestershire. http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/14406828.New_A46_camera_clocks_48_000_speeders_in_just_40_days_____and_WOULD_have_raised___4_8m_in_fines/?ref=mmpg It's not entirely clear, but it appears to do what volu...
by cotswolds
12 Jan 2017, 10:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Parliamentary enquiry into "justice for cyclists"
Replies: 1
Views: 1069

Parliamentary enquiry into "justice for cyclists"

"The co-chair of parliament’s all-party cycling committee introduces its inquiry into how cyclists are treated by the police and courts" https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/jan/12/is-justice-system-failing-cyclists-help-us-find-out I don't plan to respond to this as I ha...
by cotswolds
23 Dec 2016, 10:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close pass by a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 2205

Re: Close pass by a Christmas tree

Fir enough :lol: I think the OP is Pine(ing) for a wider overtake,though he may have been on a trunk road,in which case he could've just branched off. Though to get to the root of the problem I think it was probably too close. I'll leaf it at that as I think I'm barking up the wrong tree. If I've t...
by cotswolds
19 Dec 2016, 7:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Driver hits cyclist in cycle lane, posts video and blames cyclist
Replies: 41
Views: 4404

Driver hits cyclist in cycle lane, posts video and blames cyclist

http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/please-be-aware-of-cyclists-driver-makes-plea-after-hitting-biker-on-dangerous-road/story-29977322-detail/story.html I could almost have some sympathy for the driver - that might count as a difficult traffic situation to any driver unfamiliar with the area. But the...
by cotswolds
16 Dec 2016, 3:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: opening car doors on cyclists....
Replies: 93
Views: 6667

Re: opening car doors on cyclists....

A thought for those who favour filtering on the outside. It's quite likely that an aide got out of the opposite side of the car at the same time as Chris Grayling. If you're doored going down the inside, you end up on the pavement or going into a lamppost if you're unlucky. If you're doored going do...
by cotswolds
16 Dec 2016, 10:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: opening car doors on cyclists....
Replies: 93
Views: 6667

Re: opening car doors on cyclists....

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/regulation/105/made Any any idea whether it's the passenger or the driver who would be held responsible for this offence? The wording 'permit to be opened' suggests it would be the driver, who also probably stayed around for longer than 2 minutes. If the...
by cotswolds
6 Dec 2016, 10:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Coroner blames headphones
Replies: 174
Views: 12456

Re: Coroner blames headphones

Assuming the quote is correct, the actual words of the coroner seem perfectly reasonable to me: "I cannot determine if she was ... listening with earphone at the time, but if she had been, it could have caused a distraction and could have contributed to the cause of the accident ." (my emp...
by cotswolds
27 Nov 2016, 7:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 18650 BATTERY PACK
Replies: 45
Views: 4633

Re: 18650 BATTERY PACK

Having bought some 18650s and then done some reading to find out more about them, I came to the conclusion that they're not really safe for the general consumer. I'm not an expert but my understanding is: they WILL catch fire if charged to to high a voltage (4.3V?); an Li-ion battery fire is much wo...
by cotswolds
10 Nov 2016, 10:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Head torches
Replies: 48
Views: 3672

Re: Head torches

Try fixing a puncture with a dedicated bike light . . . .. it is er, "sub-optimal" to say the least ! I discovered this when I strained my jaw trying to hold a Cateye front light in my mouth to fix a puncture. Since then I've carried a head torch. I regard it as essential since I switched...
by cotswolds
10 Nov 2016, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flying and Deflating, the Maths Please
Replies: 31
Views: 2168

Re: Flying and Deflating, the Maths Please

This is just a ramble to introduce what tyre pressures are used by planes, and with no scientific or logical reasoning for needing to deflate pedal cycle tyres. I read somewhere that there is a shred of logic behind the rule. BIG tyres (tractors, building plant, etc) can be inflated to as low as 10...
by cotswolds
1 Nov 2016, 10:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike that's maintenance free for 4 years?
Replies: 4
Views: 718

Bike that's maintenance free for 4 years?

It's a new hire bike in Shanghai/Singapore. http://mashable.com/2016/10/31/mobike-bicycle-sharing-singapore/#ja3EfkY6OSqQ Bit short on technical info, but 'features' include: Solid tyres Shaft drive No docking stations - leave it anywhere Lock with GPS and mobile network connection (which tells the ...
by cotswolds
29 Oct 2016, 5:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gatwick or Heathrow?
Replies: 96
Views: 10188

Re: Gatwick or Heathrow?

Am I mistaken in thinking that Heathrow only has very limited possibilities ( it's so hemmed in) to expand it's presently very "Capialcentric" train options. There's a firm plan to provide a west-facing connection from Terminal 5 to the Great Western main line. http://www.networkrail.co.u...
by cotswolds
5 Oct 2016, 7:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Open Source Map of Japan for Garmin 800
Replies: 13
Views: 642

Re: Open Source Map of Japan for Garmin 800

If you look at the online version [url]openstreetmap.org[/url] a few streets have road names. Same on google maps. You could try finding a named street online and see if you're getting the name on your garmin or in osmand. Just found this http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/04/most-japanese...
by cotswolds
5 Oct 2016, 12:54pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Leg weakness
Replies: 9
Views: 1137

Re: Leg weakness

Is this a diagnosed medical thing or just something she randomly experiences? If the latter, I'm sure strengthening the left leg is the way to go, and a sports physio would be the person to advise on how to do it. Trying to pedal properly on her exercise bike with just her left leg might be a good w...
by cotswolds
5 Oct 2016, 11:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Open Source Map of Japan for Garmin 800
Replies: 13
Views: 642

Re: Open Source Map of Japan for Garmin 800

Does the Garmin 800 have any language settings? My elderly Etrex doesn't, but you have something newer, so it might. For comparison, I looked at OSMAND on my phone, which has a 'map preferred language' option which can be set to Local, English, or (eg) Japanese. So maybe the map is OK but you need t...