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by atoz
3 Dec 2018, 3:23pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I just got my first smartphone but ...
Replies: 117
Views: 11716

Re: so I just got my first smartphone but ...

Bin it. GCHQ are spying on you already (as soon as you put a simcard in it) and Google are absolutely tracking your every move (even if you have opted out of 'save my history and location data'.) Makes no difference. Install Duckduckgo as your new search engine (they destroy every search and cookie...
by atoz
3 Dec 2018, 3:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: British Transport Films: Cyclists Special
Replies: 20
Views: 1442

Re: British Transport Films: Cyclists Special

Truly a piece of the past. I suspect it looked old-fashioned when it was first released. No sign of brighly coloured racing jerseys. It could have been filmed in the 1930s, but was actually quite a bit later- well into postwar. I know that the modern trend to look smarter than the actual pro peloton...
by atoz
2 Oct 2018, 12:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 227
Views: 16741

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

The only real way of sorting this problem out is a return to public ownership. Given that Cycling UK is now a charity, I don't expect a campagin from them on this- it would be "political" of course. Cycling UK co-hosted the Labour Cycles stall at this weeks Labour Party conference, I don'...
by atoz
29 Sep 2018, 11:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why isn't there a cycles on trains campaigns from Cycling UK?
Replies: 227
Views: 16741

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

I see from the pages of the magazine that we now have a five years Cycling UK strategy. I looked on the website (as advised by the article). Oh dear. Not a great example of producing an accessible document. But that's another debate. What I noticed was..no explicit mention of how we might campaign t...
by atoz
24 Sep 2018, 10:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best replacement for Samsung sIII mini smartphone
Replies: 10
Views: 733

Best replacement for Samsung sIII mini smartphone

Hi all This may seem a bit odd on a cycling forum- but it's actually quite important. I currently use a Samsung SIII mini smartphone on the bike. It was the most compact Android phone at the time (2013). Fits into a Carradice side pocket on saddlebags (even small bag like the Barley) when it's in a ...
by atoz
28 Aug 2018, 10:31pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Geraint Thomas....
Replies: 216
Views: 7396

Re: Geraint Thomas....

He's a racing cyclist, not a commuter or a tourist. He's paid to ride very fast and win races, not to be an expert on the helmet debate. He will be paid to wear his helmet. It's unlikely he will have a significant understanding of what constitutes evidence based research (he's not an academic or a c...
by atoz
21 Aug 2018, 6:23pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Tar and chip resurfacing on busy A road?
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

Re: Tar and chip resurfacing on busy A road?

I wonder when this work was done, as the entire Dunwich Dynamo went down the Epping New Road only a few days before the OP. I didn’t notice anything amiss, but it wouldn’t be the first time Essex council have created a dangerous road surface just days before a night-time ride involving thousands of...
by atoz
21 Aug 2018, 6:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: compulsary bells back on the agenda!
Replies: 83
Views: 4776

Re: compulsary bells back on the agenda!

Hi, The number of times I ring my bell and the person walking along in the middle of the lane doesn't hear it. Happened to me again only this morning. Once, I was ringing and ringing to get past some people walking along deep in conversation. Eventually, one person turned round and said that they w...
by atoz
21 Aug 2018, 6:04pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces
Replies: 23
Views: 1274

Re: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces

Given that the space for bikes was actually parcels space, I wouldn't blame CTC as they weren't to know then that BR would drop out of parcels traffic some years later. [...] That's what "with hindsight" was intended to signify. Maybe if bike spaces earned operators some money, they'd be ...
by atoz
17 Aug 2018, 12:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces
Replies: 23
Views: 1274

Re: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces

The fact is that when we had publicly owned railways it was a lot easier for me to travel by train with my bike. But for a long time you had to pay to take your bike - half the fare (possibly half the child fare) up to a maximum of £3, equivalent to about £30 now. It wasn't until 1977 after a long ...
by atoz
17 Aug 2018, 12:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces
Replies: 23
Views: 1274

Re: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces

but they would say that, wouldn't they? That is a typical reply of someone who wasn't at the meetings and did not see the evidence. As for the CTC being a radical campaigner, you have more chance of re-nationalising the railways. And as I said; that isn't ever going to happen. Not all of us have th...
by atoz
15 Aug 2018, 6:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bus exhaust
Replies: 26
Views: 1284

Re: bus exhaust

A pity just about everywhere in the UK got rid of trams and trolley buses, given what we now know about particulate emissions. I know you can't run them everywhere, but it would have made a difference especially in cities. Typical short sighted approach- the same mentality that got rid of a large ch...
by atoz
15 Aug 2018, 5:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces
Replies: 23
Views: 1274

Re: Seat Reservations with Cycle spaces

The only way we will ever get reasonable space for cycles on trains is a return to public ownership. Even then it will never happen. As part of the campaign for upgrading the Cotswold Line I along with other CTC representatives had meetings with rail companies and National Rail. It was pointed out ...
by atoz
11 Aug 2018, 10:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting Higher Gearing
Replies: 36
Views: 1030

Re: Getting Higher Gearing

Just as an aside- a certain Lance Armstrong was interviewed a while back over Chris Froome's choice of bottom gear (38 at front, 32 rear). He said "that's not a gear, that's a Domino's pizza!"- though he had no problem with it though- but mentioned his early days with straight through bloc...
by atoz
11 Aug 2018, 10:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vittoria graphene tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 726

Re: Vittoria graphene tyres

Bicyclerollingresistance.com says that the graphene version of the Rubino Pro has more rolling resistance than their predecessor. That said, people are saying that the Rubino Pro is more cut resistant than the Continental 4000S . I just bought a pair of graphene Rubino Pros. If they have as good a ...