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by profpointy
5 May 2020, 2:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Death of A ‘Dinosaur:’ Anti-Cycleway Campaigner John Forester Dies, Aged 90
Replies: 15
Views: 1034

Re: Death of A ‘Dinosaur:’ Anti-Cycleway Campaigner John Forester Dies, Aged 90

Having had (only) a quick read of those articles about him, I'm inclined to agree with him. My experience of UK cycle lanes, is that they make the safe bit of road slower, and the "dangerous" bits a lot more dangerous I realise they (seem to) work in the Netherlands, but even there, I wond...
by profpointy
21 Apr 2020, 7:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More Trump idiocy
Replies: 211
Views: 6235

Re: More Trump idiocy

Surely the parallels are obvious; contempt for the rule of law, propaganda (ie lies worthy of Goebells as opposed to mere bias), attempts to take over the judiciary (supreme court), demonising , other races, liberals, science as a whole as enemies of the people, and encouragement of violence / powe...
by profpointy
21 Apr 2020, 3:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More Trump idiocy
Replies: 211
Views: 6235

Re: More Trump idiocy

Surely the parallels are obvious; contempt for the rule of law, propaganda (ie lies worthy of Goebells as opposed to mere bias), attempts to take over the judiciary (supreme court), demonising , other races, liberals, science as a whole as enemies of the people, and encouragement of violence / power...
by profpointy
21 Apr 2020, 3:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shoes to wear with flats?
Replies: 18
Views: 777

Re: Shoes to wear with flats?

For me, the only advantage of flat pedals is that I can wear whatever the hell shoes I like. For me that would typically be my commando soled country brogues. If you're going to get special shoes for cycling you might as well get clip in pedals.
by profpointy
21 Apr 2020, 1:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: More Trump idiocy
Replies: 211
Views: 6235

Re: More Trump idiocy

He is standing for re-election. I call that democracy, though I understand that others regard it as mob rule if the people don't vote the way they want. I don't recall my history teacher telling me of any free elections during the Nazi period in Germany or the Moaist period in China. The mob most c...
by profpointy
8 Apr 2020, 8:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Journalists - split from Labour leader
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Re: Journalists - split from Labour leader

The abovementioned Flat Earth News is a brilliant and insightful analysis of how the media works, and how outright evil papers like the Daily Mail are cynically driven by money more than any real agenda. Whilst he openly admits to being left of centre in his own politics he is also critical of left ...
by profpointy
14 Feb 2020, 1:50pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Re: Four year old killed by bike helmet.
Replies: 18
Views: 587

Re: Yet another helmet thread (split from 4 year old...)

One clear reason why helmets must increase the likelihood of head injury is that they make your head significantly bigger - something between 50% and 100% bigger I would think - bear in mind risk of being hit is usually proportional to the cross-section of the target. Even if they mitigate the effec...
by profpointy
22 Jan 2020, 12:07pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Four year old killed by bike helmet.
Replies: 199
Views: 6849

Re: Four year old killed by bike helmet.

Whilst not exactly common, it has happened enough for statistics to be collected in Scandinavia. The thing that's bizarre about this is people seem to say you shouldn't wear a helmet to climb trees or playground equipment are often the same people who claim it's obvious that you should wear one on a...
by profpointy
20 Jan 2020, 2:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 750

Re: WW1 cycling route?

The late Richard Holmes, a distinguished military historian, wrote a book "riding the retreat" describing his retracing the steps of the BEF's retreat in 1914. He does the route on horseback hence the title. It is a good read combine an expert's account of the events, horrors and all, wit...
by profpointy
20 Jan 2020, 2:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 750

Re: WW1 cycling route?

The late Richard Holmes, a distinguished military historian, wrote a book "riding the retreat" describing his retracing the steps of the BEF's retreat in 1914. He does the route on horseback hence the title. It is a good read combine an expert's account of the events, horrors and all, with...
by profpointy
13 Jan 2020, 7:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 49
Views: 2133

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

For what it's worth I left a Brooks saddled bike outside for 6 months. The saddle broke only 10 years later, but to be fair the leather was still OK. Mine was a black one
by profpointy
9 Jan 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Any other motorcyclists here?
Replies: 234
Views: 6757

Re: Any other motorcyclists here?

Yup, we've got a triumph sprint Gt 1050 sports tourer. It was a bit big and heavy having not ridden a MC for 25 years, but it's quite docile really (but still heavy). It wasn't even middle aged rebellion as my Mrs very much pushed me into buying it - done a couple of Belgian trips, the Dolomites, Is...
by profpointy
6 Jan 2020, 12:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Two favourite poems.
Replies: 53
Views: 1349

Re: Two favourite poems.

Bagpuss, dear Bagpuss
Old fat furry cat-puss
Wake up and look at this thing that I bring
Wake up, be bright
Be golden and light
Bagpuss, Oh hear what I sing
by profpointy
6 Nov 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Screws - why oh why can'tm they keep things simple?
Replies: 14
Views: 644

Re: Screws - why oh why can'tm they keep things simple?

Standards are great - so let's have lots of them !
by profpointy
22 Oct 2019, 10:07am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: May only motorists teach Bikeability?
Replies: 27
Views: 2632

Re: May only motorists teach Bikeability?

I think that having driving experience would undoubtedly be a considerable help in being able to teach good cycling practice. Without personal experience of real driving trying to explain putting yourself in the motorists' mind set is going to be a challenge if based purely on theory. That said, the...