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by atoz
1 Oct 2019, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A rampant evil at large - Commuter Cyclists beware
Replies: 31
Views: 3154

Re: A rampant evil at large - Commuter Cyclists beware

I don't go to town on my "good" bikes ie those most likely to be stolen. My ancient CB Majestic with 3 speed Sturmey Archer is the bike of choice, with a small Abus D lock. Even then this is for short shopping trips only. I would never leave it for aniy length of time. On those occasions I...
by atoz
1 Oct 2019, 10:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are some colours out of favour?
Replies: 30
Views: 1325

Are some colours out of favour?

Hi all One of the side effects of Youtube viewed through the TV is that you see stuff you don't normally would bother with, based on your subscriptions. So I came across a review of the Castelli Gabba LS jersey, whcih got my attention, as I have the Perfetto, which is based on the Gabba. The review,...
by atoz
1 Sep 2019, 11:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe
Replies: 95
Views: 7182

Re: Council limiting modes of transport to a cycling cafe

There is more than a flavour of "Clause 28" about all this. Those of us who remember all about that will be all too familar with it all. Maybe that will be the next thing with some other councils...being against "intentionally promoting cycling meets". Of course some councils dis...
by atoz
1 Sep 2019, 11:15am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Losing a LBS
Replies: 14
Views: 1585

Re: Losing a LBS

It's not just servicing. My LBS is a superb wheelbuilder. This skill is not practised much nowadays but you realised how fortunate you are when people on nice well specced newish bikes and low mileage have spoke failures for no apparent reason in the rear wheel. Spoke failures on a road bike as I ha...
by atoz
31 Aug 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Implications of a No Deal Brexit for cycling?
Replies: 21
Views: 1927

Re: Implications of a No Deal Brexit for cycling?

One thing that doesn't seem to have been mentioned and it's a bit of a long shot currently as it depends on Johnson staying in power. It is also a slight side issue to brexit The new cycling minister seems "get" cycling as much as Jesse Norman did, and even Shapps (overall transport minis...
by atoz
24 Jul 2019, 5:08pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 116
Views: 7053

Re: Helmets?

…. In particular, they never seem to appreciate that it's actually the soft foam pads in helmets that do the job of absorbing shock of impact... Nope. It is the main part of the shell which absorbs the impact (*). Typically this is made of expanded polystyrene; this compresses when impacted in such...
by atoz
21 Jul 2019, 12:19pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmets?
Replies: 116
Views: 7053

Re: Helmets?

Recently read a copy of "Bluffers Guide to Cycling"- which has the merit of being quite humorous. On the subject of helmets, I liked the quote as follows: "The 'split helmet saved my life' story is a fallacy; the split helmet failed, transferring all the shock to the head, so what sav...
by atoz
14 Jul 2019, 12:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Daily Mail's Misleading Headline from May "Cyclists had killed more people than motorists"
Replies: 6
Views: 3490

Re: Daily Mail's Misleading Headline from May "Cyclists had killed more people than motorists"

Libraries used to keep copies of the papers, have you tried your local ones? If your public library service doesn't subscribe to the Daily Mail, they may well subscribe to an electronic reosurce called ProQuest- this allows you to search a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including those beh...
by atoz
10 Jul 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What can we learn from LSBTIQ* campaigns?
Replies: 46
Views: 7872

Re: What can we learn from LGBTx campaigns?

What can we learn from successes of the gay rights lobby? I think that one thing that we can learn from the LGBT+ movement is that by standing together with other groups with similar issues it is possible to make a much bigger impact. The whole issue here is that it is not just gay people making a ...
by atoz
1 Jul 2019, 6:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 227
Views: 17117

Re: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?

It's simple- private railways=less cycle space- just like they mean less space on trains for passengers to actually sit. Not difficult to understand.. The main reason that there's less cycle space is that some foolish cycling organisation got the bike ticket price set to zero many decades ago, so t...
by atoz
26 Jun 2019, 7:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 227
Views: 17117

Re: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?

MSo the more modern the train is, the less likelihood there will be acceptable space for cycles. Nothing new there of course. It's not as simple as that: some modern trains, such as the Thameslink Desiros or Anglia's new Flirts have quite acceptable Dutch-style bike spaces. Not as many as we'd like...
by atoz
24 Jun 2019, 5:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 227
Views: 17117

Re: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?

More reasons for a Cycling UK campaign: I needed to get a train back from York (visiting the Rally) yesterday. Involved a change of trains in Leeds. The contrast in trains was remarkable. The train from York was First Transpennine- a class 185 with of course no real bike space (which you have to res...
by atoz
18 Jun 2019, 5:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian
Replies: 227
Views: 16616

Re: Cyclist 50% to blame for hitting pedestrian

We've been here before..if in doubt blame the cyclist..and judging from last year, don't ride fixed..yes we all know last year the cyclist was found guilty, but it's precedent that counts.

Is this the reason there are less fixies on the road?
by atoz
13 Jun 2019, 7:00pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 47
Views: 2811

Re: Helmet discussions in York

I watched the youtube recording also. It revealed nothing new. It would not alter the decision of just about all members of my local cycling group to wear helmets. One contributor to the discussions mentioned the complex and contradictory research data. Exactly the reason I don't wear a helmet- the ...
by atoz
30 May 2019, 11:53am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Go Outdoors promo for helmets
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Go Outdoors promo for helmets

Hi all The following blurb I've seen in Go Outdoors shop as part of a promo board but is also on the website: https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/expert-advice/cycling-helmets Nothing new in that you might say- but what drew my attention was this bit of text The extra security also gives you the peace of m...