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by Anglian
11 May 2012, 10:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why personal accident insurance might be worth having
Replies: 33
Views: 7856

Why personal accident insurance might be worth having

Lots of cyclists don't seem to carry insurance against the consequences of accidents where liability for their own injuries is theirs. This recent case of a motorcyclist who lost a leg is a warning: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/A-motorcyclist-who-lost-a-leg-in-a-crash-with-a-lorry-has-been-d...
by Anglian
11 May 2012, 10:35am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The thieves saw cycle racks off to take the booty
Replies: 7
Views: 3387

The thieves saw cycle racks off to take the booty

Interesting recovery in Cambridge -- note that the thieves' tactics included sawing the rack off and removing the lot for later processing: A haul of 60 bikes, sawn-off cycle racks and cutting gear was seized by police from a Cambridge home. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Had-a-bike-stolen-It-...
by Anglian
27 Apr 2012, 7:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Radio 2 is about to have a debate re Vehical Duty Tax
Replies: 54
Views: 5575

Re: Radio 2 is about to have a debate re Vehical Duty Tax

Perhaps "committed cyclists" more accurately expresses what I was trying to say Yes that would have avoided a diversion. To call the chalenge "Political Correctness" is just a cop out. These non cyclists who just use their bikes to pop to the shops go to work and other mundane e...
by Anglian
26 Apr 2012, 10:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Radio 2 is about to have a debate re Vehical Duty Tax
Replies: 54
Views: 5575

Re: Radio 2 is about to have a debate re Vehical Duty Tax

4. Most cyclists I come across aren't Real Cyclists. They have bikes and sometimes get on them: either for a toddle around the village, or to run errands, take the kids to school and so on. They probably don't think cycling is "real" transport. They are casual users. I suspect that as soo...
by Anglian
25 Apr 2012, 9:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do I need a red flag?
Replies: 17
Views: 3264

Do I need a red flag?

I rode in this morning, with a spare wheeltied horizontally above my rear parcel rack. After arriving, it occurred to me that perhaps legally, I ought to have tied a red flag or rag onto the overhanging part of the load at the rear. Does anyone know whether there's legislation requiring this for ped...
by Anglian
23 Apr 2012, 1:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bump bump bash crunch and ouch
Replies: 18
Views: 4721

Re: bump bump bash crunch and ouch

Seriously, everytime I experience the magic carpet ride of a suspension MTB, I wonder why people ride anything else, especially when on short journeys. I'll bite. A decent full-suspension MTB is going to be several times more expensive than a general hybrid bike. It will be unnecessarily-strongly e...
by Anglian
23 Apr 2012, 1:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: commuting 8 miles to work advice required
Replies: 31
Views: 12358

Re: commuting 8 miles to work advice required

hi there hope this is in the right section, i have revently started cycling 8 miles to work on a mtb, i am looking to change this to either a road bike or hybrid as there are 2 steep inclines on the journey (approx 1/2 mile each) after this i can either follow canal path or use road for the rest of...
by Anglian
20 Apr 2012, 3:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Repairing drawstring on Altura Orkney
Replies: 5
Views: 3979

Repairing drawstring on Altura Orkney

Thanks to being lazy about fully depressing the cord-lock on my Altura Orkney panniers, the drawstring on one of them lost its sheath, leading me to fear that a complete break would happen before long. I could see that with the right replacement cord, it ought to be simple to cut the old cord, tie t...
by Anglian
14 Apr 2012, 9:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: riding along non right of way
Replies: 22
Views: 6920

Re: riding along non right of way

Assuming that a road is not on the designated map can a rider be prosecuted just for riidng along a private road when no damage has been done? In the general case, "no". Things get more complicated after a request to leave has been made. There is a special case, where the answer to your q...
by Anglian
27 Mar 2012, 2:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queueing etiquette
Replies: 33
Views: 3946

Re: Queueing etiquette

On countless occasions this last week commuting I've ridden past a moving vehicle on its left side. If I didn't, I wouldn't get anywhere. I'd be stuck behind a line of cars doing less than 10 mph. The traffic round Birmingham tends to be closer to the centre line than the curb. Going round on the r...
by Anglian
27 Mar 2012, 2:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queueing etiquette
Replies: 33
Views: 3946

Re: Queueing etiquette

No, John Franklin specifically says that a cyclist should not pass another vehicle in the same lane on the left-hand side. Well, what JF actually says, on p97 of my 2007 edition, is: Never overtake a moving vehicle on the left side within the same traffic lane. A moving vehicle. I'd say this is goo...
by Anglian
23 Mar 2012, 4:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queueing etiquette
Replies: 33
Views: 3946

Re: Queueing etiquette

It is [...] OK to go past a vehicle in a 'slower moving line of traffic' on the left hand side. No, John Franklin specifically says that a cyclist should not pass another vehicle in the same lane on the left-hand side. If, by "line", you meant "lane", than that would be safer. H...
by Anglian
1 Feb 2012, 12:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: UPDATED: commuting incident with video
Replies: 35
Views: 2266

Re: Commuting incident / camera use / what can I do better?

Hello Ally, I'm having a bad few days - just got deliberately taken off by a car on this morning's commute :( ... - I flagged down a random police van that passed by approx 60sec after incident - statement given If this incident is becoming the subject of a police investigation, and possibly a court...
by Anglian
31 Jan 2012, 2:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: UPDATED: commuting incident with video
Replies: 35
Views: 2266

Re: Commuting incident / camera use / what can I do better?

Hello Ally, Firstly, hi everyone - I'm new here so please be gentle :mrgreen:. I've been a CTC member for a few years now. I commute daily, covering around 50 miles a week on a mixture of road and off-road in a fairly quiet semi-rural/town environment... I'm hoping for a bit of advice regarding the ...
by Anglian
27 Jan 2012, 4:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Where can I get front-wheel-retaining washers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Where can I get front-wheel-retaining washers?

Hello, My everyday commuting bike is a low-end Raleigh hybrid (Pioneer Metro, 2006 model). The front wheel's solid axle uses keyed "wheel-retaining" washers between the 15mm wheel-nut and the fork drop-out. This washer has a little tooth, or hook on the circumference, which locks into a sm...