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by George Riches
23 Jul 2007, 6:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain wear
Replies: 20
Views: 4927

A variation on the steel rule method of chain measurement. http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/1812_Whole_Custom_1.jpg To minimise sag, I 've put the chain on the biggest sprockets. Perhaps not quite as quick as the Park/Rohloff tool, but you do get a good record if you take a high resolution photograph...
by George Riches
21 Jul 2007, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How often do you change your chain?
Replies: 112
Views: 20301

Can't you get SRAM PC48s for less than £5 each - if you buy three or from discounters?
by George Riches
18 Jul 2007, 10:21am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Are cyclists being seen as a political tool?
Replies: 52
Views: 7682

'But using far more space and causing far more deaths and injuries.' Clearly a price seen as worth paying for the benefits accrued. But the driver doesn't pay the price. It's paid collectively. A major reason for railways losing out to cars is that railway companies have, since they were set up, to...
by George Riches
16 Jul 2007, 8:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Are cyclists being seen as a political tool?
Replies: 52
Views: 7682

Oracle wrote:recent reports have highlighted that using a fuel efficient cars can actually result in lower CO2 emissions than a diesel powered train when considering moving the same number of people

But using far more space and causing far more deaths and injuries.
by George Riches
15 Jun 2007, 10:53am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Advocacy – Time to Change Gear
Replies: 71
Views: 15254

Over here we expect cycle provision to accomodate our 18mph dash to work. It's commuters who are blocking up the roads when they travel by car. Cycle provision should be for utility cyclists not summer Sunday afternoon pootlers. Doesn't the cycle provision in the Netherlands, shown here allow for c...
by George Riches
14 Jun 2007, 4:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Advocacy – Time to Change Gear
Replies: 71
Views: 15254

Further to my remarks of 9:43 BST today. The zig-zag tactile paving is at Landranger grid ref SP364782. Here's an aerial view (from Microsoft maps ). I've marked the zig-zag with a red arrow. http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/1812_Brindle_Ave_zigzag_aeriel_view_1.jpg I understand that Traffic Advisory...
by George Riches
14 Jun 2007, 9:43am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Advocacy – Time to Change Gear
Replies: 71
Views: 15254

When I see millions going into by-passes and roundabouts, I thin k it could be done here and we should at least give it a go. By-passes and roundabouts are almost always associated with new build - as roads and housing spread over the countryside. New roads are almost unknown in existing built-up a...
by George Riches
13 Jun 2007, 11:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Advocacy – Time to Change Gear
Replies: 71
Views: 15254

There's a big difference between new build and dealing with existing infrastructure. Good segregated facilities could be provided in new build. Could being the key word. I understand that the Stevanage segregated facilities are good (built in early 1950's when the general public knew how to cycle), ...
by George Riches
6 Jun 2007, 12:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Inquest into Welsh cycling deaths
Replies: 17
Views: 3984

The defective tyres on the car would have only made a difference if the road had been wet. Tread doesn't make a difference for normal tyres on black ice. The key issue for me is whether the police or local authority was negligent. They are powerful people who would like to shift the blame onto the t...
by George Riches
5 Jun 2007, 10:27am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Advocacy – Time to Change Gear
Replies: 71
Views: 15254

[...] If we are to make cycling more attractive we need to make it more dangerous, not less. And less effort. This might sound wacky Well people can always take the brakes off their bicycles if they want to, or loosen the headset! But only something for a tiny minority I think! ----- On a more sero...
by George Riches
4 Jun 2007, 4:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Advocacy – Time to Change Gear
Replies: 71
Views: 15254

Well I'm a safety skeptic. I think what puts people cycling to work is inconvenience and what puts people off leisure cycling is unattractive cycling conditions. That's why you get far more leisure cyclists on sunny days than on cold or wet ones. Same road or track, same level of safety, what's chan...
by George Riches
31 May 2007, 9:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code cracked: more than 40 rules changed!
Replies: 78
Views: 70897

but if they (cycle lanes) help to get other cyclists on the road - even if it results in greater danger to those cyclists - I am all in favour of them. More cyclists will make us safer, since more of them are likely to be also motorists. Such cycle lanes might get a few more people on cycles, but w...
by George Riches
30 May 2007, 7:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Highway Code cracked: more than 40 rules changed!
Replies: 78
Views: 70897

It does seem that someone wanted to express the thought that skilled riders are often better off not using the "cycle facilities" at the speeds that they wish to cycle. But the actual wording does lead to the conclusion that cyclists should use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxe...
by George Riches
28 May 2007, 12:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless bolts?
Replies: 24
Views: 4423

For me, it wasn't corrosion but the bolts coming out which was the problem! The originals had slot heads, I thought it would be easier to apply more torque with allen key heads, as well as removing the need for a largish screwdriver in my on-board toolkit. I just went for stainless without much thou...
by George Riches
24 May 2007, 10:23am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Useless facilities vs. Unrideable roads--Way forward?
Replies: 39
Views: 8617

In the case of York isn't it because a ringroad was not built (it would have had serious impact on the Tourism industry) - so ensuring that car travel was not far more convenient than cycle travel.