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by Mark R
23 Apr 2010, 1:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

Well said crossroads, I totally agree.

I read somewhere that Britain has the most laws of any country on earth, but most are rarely enforced. On the whole I believe this to be a good thing.
by Mark R
23 Apr 2010, 12:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

I think what reohn2 would really like to see is a police state with tazers used to stop RJL'ing cyclists, when caught I reckon he wouldn't object to them being put in stocks so irate motorists could pelt them with rotten fruit :wink: I think all those advocating zero tolerance of RLJ'ing cyclists ne...
by Mark R
22 Apr 2010, 10:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bruges to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to Bruges
Replies: 19
Views: 8861

Re: Bruges to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to Bruges

I did this trip 12 years ago, if you want to travel light and save money, you don't need a map. As soon as you cross into Holland you have your own inter-city cycle path network with your own signposts with destinations and distances (no need to ever ride on a road once in Holland). I would just rip...
by Mark R
22 Apr 2010, 1:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

"But cars and bikes have to co-exist on the roads. That's how it's been, it's how it should be, and it's how it'll always be." Sorry but I have to call you on all three of those points. 1, "Thats how it's been" There was a time not so long ago when cyclists were the majority, ur...
by Mark R
22 Apr 2010, 12:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

" Thus, to risk boring all with the familiar old phrase, it gives cycling a bad name. Or rather it gives extra ammunition to those who are looking to attack cycling." I can see your argument and you have a point, however I have a problem on a deep fundamental level with the notion that th...
by Mark R
22 Apr 2010, 11:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

"Pedestrians use no petrol, have no exhausts and are less dangerous than a fast moving idiot on a bike - does that give them a HIGHER moral ground?"

Yes of course it does, Who is suggesting otherwise??!!

Maybe if I had said non motorised road users.....
by Mark R
22 Apr 2010, 9:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

"This makes pretty disappointing reading. Several of "the contributors to this thread seem to be of the opinion that being on a bicycle confers some right of way over all others". Rubbish ! Stop misrepresenting what others have posted. I have scanned back over the posts and nobody EV...
by Mark R
21 Apr 2010, 4:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

well said that man! If enough do it why would the poilce want to criminalise people just getting from A-B by the most efficient mode of transport ever invented!
by Mark R
21 Apr 2010, 1:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best sun hat for cycle touring
Replies: 29
Views: 5997

Re: best sun hat for cycle touring

"Tell me you're joking pleeeease"

Wouldn't wear one myself, but have a look at this guy.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=36087&v=hl&part=2

Hardcore or what?
by Mark R
21 Apr 2010, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

The argument that cyclists should stop at every red light simply because the law requires is a pretty stupid argument that does not stand up to scrutiny. There are many reasons why ignoring red lights is a good thing (and I am not talking about racing through pedestrian crossings narrowly missing pe...
by Mark R
20 Apr 2010, 10:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best sun hat for cycle touring
Replies: 29
Views: 5997

Re: best sun hat for cycle touring

Thanks for the suggestions, I like the look of the Columbia schooner cap. I was also thinking of a French Colonial pith helmet, these are made of cork and canvas, probably too cumbersome though...
by Mark R
20 Apr 2010, 8:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: best sun hat for cycle touring
Replies: 29
Views: 5997

best sun hat for cycle touring

Hi all I will be cycling to the Swiss alps in June and will hopefully get some decent weather. As I am light skinned a sunhat will be essential (I do not wear cycle helmets). The wide brimmed hats I have tried deform and lift at speed. Just wondered what other people use and if anyone has any good s...
by Mark R
19 Apr 2010, 9:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's the point...
Replies: 140
Views: 5398

Re: What's the point...

Regarding RLJing; what about this argument then: 'BIcycles don't have exhaust pipes, so why should cyclists sit stationary at red lights breathing in other peoples filth?' Red lights and one way streets are there to mitigate the congestion caused by motor vehicles, cyclists are wise to ignore such i...
by Mark R
7 Apr 2010, 11:17am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: upcoming alps trip, equipment advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: upcoming alps trip, equipment advice needed

Hi Yes I will be going via Lake Léman and the Rhone valley but I may come back a different way. I quite like the idea of joining the Rhine and trying to follow it up to Holland, I haven't checked the route but I reckon there's bound to be a few passes between the watersheds. I am slightly concerned ...
by Mark R
6 Apr 2010, 9:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: upcoming alps trip, equipment advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: upcoming alps trip, equipment advice needed

Thanks very much for the suggestions and advice chaps, food for thought indeed. I guess I will be prudent to sacrifice some top speed in favour of lower gears, or I may carry a smaller front chain-ring seeing as they are so light as insurance against overgearing.